After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, a blood clot needs to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for one hour immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists, replace the soiled gauze pad with a new one and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Ice can be used for the first 36 hours. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days, you should be able to resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Great Falls Office Phone Number 406-443-3334.

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