After Tooth Extraction

Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth

After the extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.  Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes.  If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.  It is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot.  Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. 

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some discomfort 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. Take pain medications as prescribed.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are not present.  Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious 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  includes 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  can resume your normal activities.