After Tooth Extraction
After the tooth extraction is done, the natural process of healing begins when a blood clot is formed. This will automatically stop bleeding. For that, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes to 45 minutes as it will stop the oozing of the blood. If it doesn’t stop, then you have to replace the gauze pad and bite it again hard for the next 30 minutes. You might have to repeat the process several times to stop the blood oozing from the surgical wound.
Once the blood clot is formed, you must not disturb it or dislodge it so that the surgical wound gets to heal. So, don’t rinse it hard, or suck on straw or blow or drink alcohol or brush that place for the next 72 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot and cause bleeding and oozing again. Also, don’t go for rigorous exercises for at least 24 hours as it will cause the rise of blood pressure and bleeding from the surgical wound.
After the tooth extraction, it is natural to have swelling on the site of the wound. You will also experience discomfort. You can apply an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn on the cheek over the surgical site. Also, take the pain medication as we have prescribed. This will help in reducing the swelling within 48-72 hours.
If you are feeling that the pain medication is not helping in reducing the pain, call us immediately. Keep taking the antibiotics for the indicated time in the prescription even if the infection is gone. Don’t forget to take lots of fluids and soft food right from the day of the surgery. You can go back to normal solid food when your pain finally subsides and you become comfortable.
The patient must resume the normal dental and oral routine after 24-48 hours of the surgery. This routine must include brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day. Better care for teeth and oral hygiene is important for promoting faster healing.
If you are taking care of all these things, then you should be able to resume your normal life and activities within a few days. But if you are having heavy bleeding or severe pain or swelling even after 3 days, call us at 704-892-9500 now to fix an appointment.
After Multiple Teeth Extraction
When multiple teeth are removed, you can expect some amount of bleeding after the surgery. To stop the bleeding and let the blood clot form, place a gauze pad on the site of the surgical wound and bite it for 30 minutes. If it continues even after that, replace the gauze pad with a new one or apply a moist tea bag. Avoid hot food and liquid, exercising, or rigorous physical activity or don’t keep the head elevated if bleeding continues. If it still continues, connect with us immediately. Don’t remove immediate denture unless you are having severe bleeding. You can also have some oozing from the site of the extraction.
You can apply ice packs on the side of the face of surgery. Keep doing so for the first 36 hours of the operation. Continue doing it when you are awake.
For mild to moderate pain, take aspirin, Tylenol, or any similar medicine, two tablets with 3-4 hours of interval. You can also take Ibuprofen 200 mg, Advil or Motrin, 2 – tablet every 3-4 hours.
In case of severe pain, take the medication as per our prescription. If the pain doesn’t reduce in the next two days following surgery, call at 704-892-9500 to talk to our doctor. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, complete the course even if the infection goes away in the next few days.
You must drink plenty of fluids. In the case of many tooth extractions, there is a chance that you have lost a lot of blood already. You must drink plenty of liquid to stay hydrated.
Avoid rinsing your mouth on the first post-operation day or if there is bleeding. From the next day, rinse your mouth with warm water with one teaspoon salt in it every four hours as well as after every meal to clean the food particles and debris lodged in the site of the surgery. Once you get the denture adjustment from the dentist, rinse it 3-4 times a day.
Keep having fluids and soft food until swelling and pain subsides. Once you are completely healed, you can go back to your normal diet.
Removing multiple teeth is different from extracting one or two teeth. The bone must be smoothed and shaped for the insertion of the denture. That is why you might notice the following conditions which are all considered to be normal,
- The place of surgery will swell and that can remain there for two days. You might notice swelling and discoloration around the eye too. You can use a moist warm towel for eliminating the discoloration quickly. For the first 36 hours of the surgery, you must apply an ice pack. After that, for the next 36 hours, you can apply a warm towel in the area of swelling, externally.
- You might develop a sore throat as the throat muscles are near the site of extraction. This can cause discomfort and pain which will subside in the next 2-3 days.
- If for the procedure, the corner of your mouth was stretched, you can experience some drying and crack. Keep your lips moist with Vaseline. You might notice a rise in temperature after the procedure which is normal. This should go away after 48 hours. If the fever continues, notify us immediately.
In case the denture is inserted immediately, it will result in some swelling or sore spots. The dentist will see you in the next 24-48 hours after your surgery and will make the needed adjustments for the sore spots. If it is not done, the healing process can get prolonged.