Our goal is for your healing process after an extraction to be as comfortable as possible. The removal of teeth is a surgical procedure, and post-operative care is imperative. Please follow all instructions carefully to avoid any unnecessary pain and possible infection.
If you have any difficulties or concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to call us or return to the clinic for a follow-up exam.
Some important measures that should be followed after tooth extraction include:
- Keep the gauze placed over the extraction site with pressure applied by biting down until the bleeding stops.Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the area should be avoided. Do not rinse your mouth out for one day following the extraction or while there is bleeding. After the first day, a warm salt-water rinse every 4 hours is helpful in flushing out debris and food from the area.
- A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following an extraction. Slight bleeding, oozing or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Bleeding is best controlled by the use of pressure. Placing a new gauze pad over the area and biting down may control excessive bleeding.
- Take the pain-reliever that was prescribed by your dentist within one hour subsequent to the procedure to ensure the medication gets into your blood stream before the anaesthesia used during the procedure wears off.
- You should place an ice pack on the location of the tooth extraction for half an hour, when you get back home, to reduce swelling. Apply this pack every hour for 10 minutes.
- In addition to pain medication, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection. It is important to complete the entire course of the antibiotic.
- Do not smoke in the initial 24 hours and reduce the frequency of smoking for the remaining healing duration as it may prolong the healing process. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and avoid doing any strenuous exercise for a day.
- Make sure that you eat a soft diet for a minimum of two days after the procedure and do not chew on the treated side. You should also avoid very cold or very hot foods during this healing time as the site is likely to be very sensitive to temperature extremes.
Dry Socket: A “dry socket” is the loss of the blood clot from the socket. It can present as pain in the ear, chin, neighbouring teeth and jaw, often occurring 3-4 days after the extraction. If these symptoms are experienced contact the dental clinic for relief of symptoms.