After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s 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 immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30-45  minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not 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. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

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. 

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, call our office immediately at 801-825-1116.

Dr. Mark L. Newey

The Oral & Facial Surgery Center

Dr. Mark L. Newey has been in private practice since 2005; he combines his advanced training with the latest in technology to optimize results for all his patients. Dr. Newey is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including: 

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 
  • American Society of Dental Anesthesiologist
  • Utah Dental Association 
  • Weber District Dental Association

To request a consultation with Dr. Newey at our state-of-the-art office, request an appointment online or reach us by phone:

Call Us: (801) 825-1116

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