DO NOT spit, smoke, suck through a straw, or suck food off a spoon for 24 hours, each action dislodges the healing clot. Drool or swallow to remove excess fluids from your mouth. Most often the excess fluids are only saliva.
Bite on rolled gauze placed over the extraction site. This pressure will stop the bleeding and help form the healing clot. Replace the gauze with a new piece of rolled gauze about every 15 minutes, or as needed, until the bleeding stops. If excessive bleeding persists past 30 minutes, roll a wet tea bag inside some gauze, place it over the extraction site and bite down. This pressure and the tannic acid in the tea will help stop the bleeding.
Do not brush area for 2 days, again to avoid dislodging the healing clot. After 2 days begin to lightly brush the extraction site along normal brushing and flossing of all other areas of your mouth. This will help to maintain dental health. Resume normal brushing and flossing of the mouth after 7 days.
For the first 2 days after the extraction it is important that you eat softer foods and that you do not eat chips or pretzels. During this time also be careful not to eat foods that are too hot. This will allow for faster healing.
24 hours after the extraction, it is important that you rinse your mouth with a half teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of water. You should do this for at least the next 2 days. This will speed up the healing of the extraction site. If for any reason you have a problem with using salt water to rinse your mouth, you can substitute Listerine or Listermint mouthwashes as the rinse agent.
Take pain medication as needed, Motrin, Advil, or Ibuprofen is preferred. Avoid taking aspirin for the first day after the extraction, the aspirin may cause excessive bleeding. If an antibiotic is given make sure you continue to take it as prescribed.
Bony edges or pieces may work their way to the surface. They will break away or work themselves out.
Any sutures that were placed may be required to be removed in one week. Please make sure that if sutures have to be removed a follow-up appointment is made and kept.
We are confident that normal healing will take place. But if bleeding or pain persisits, or if anything unusual happens please call the office.