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Post-operative Guidelines Following Tooth Extraction

Following tooth extraction, it's crucial to allow a blood clot to form to halt bleeding and initiate healing. For this reason, we recommend gently biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes post-appointment.

If bleeding persists, apply another gauze pad and maintain firm pressure for an additional 30 minutes. Refrain from activities that may disturb or dislodge the clot, such as rinsing vigorously, using straws, smoking, consuming alcohol, or brushing teeth near the extraction site for 72 hours. Limit strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours to prevent increased bleeding. Expect some discomfort and swelling, which can be alleviated by applying ice packs or frozen items to the area and taking prescribed pain medication. Swelling typically diminishes within 48 hours. Adhere to the prescribed pain medication regimen and contact our office if it proves ineffective. If antibiotics are prescribed, complete the full course, even if symptoms improve. Consume plenty of fluids and opt for soft, nutritious foods on the extraction day, gradually returning to your regular diet as comfort permits. Resume your normal dental routine, including brushing and flossing, after 24 hours to promote healing and maintain oral hygiene. Should you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, persistent swelling for 2-3 days, or adverse medication reactions, promptly contact our office.

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