You have just had an extraction completed, here are a few things you should know:
Care to Ensure Success
- Bite on Gauze for 30 minutes (do not remove sooner as it can disturb the blood clotting process)
- Change gauze every 20 min after that until the bleeding stops
- If bleeding does not slow down or stop after 1 hour, Bite on a damp tea bag for 30 minutes lying quietly with your head elevated.
- No spitting, smoking, drinking through a straw or swishing vigorously for 2 days following your extraction as it may dislodge the blood clot and cause more bleeding and/or cause dry socket to occur. Dry socket is a condition where the clot that formed in the extraction site falls out and will occur usually in the first 48 hours. It is extremely painful but rare. Pay close attention to all of the instructions.
- It is normal to see blood in the saliva for the next few days – You may wish to drape a towel over your pillow to prevent staining of your pillow case
- Limit your activity, as strenuous movement may cause increased bleeding
- It is normal if there is swelling & bruising. This may increase in the first 48 hours
- Discomfort may be at its worst 2-3 days after surgery. Continue to take the pain medications prescribed as needed. If you were given antibiotics, be sure you finish the entire prescription.
- Swelling should be subsided within 5 days
- When you get home, you may use ice packs for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off. After 24 hours you may use heat in the same manor to help with pain and swelling
- Begin rinsing next day with 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water
- Brush and floss all other areas of mouth as usual
- Return to normal brushing and flossing around the extraction site ASAP
- Your jaw and throat may be sore therefore you may find it difficult to eat
- Soft foods are recommended for 2-3 days
- Drink lots of clear fluid starting immediately
- No nuts, seeds, chips or any thing that may get lodged in the surgical site for 3 weeks to a month after surgery
- Return to normal diet when comfortable to do so