Following the extraction of a tooth, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes, which helps a blood clot form. If bleeding persists, discard the gauze pad, replace it with a clean gauze pad, and repeat this process. You may need to do this multiple times in order to get a clot to form.
Following the formation of a blood clot, it is important not to disturb it. Avoid using straws, smoking, or aggressive rinsing and spitting for the first week. Be gentle when brushing near the extraction site, making sure to clean the adjacent teeth thoroughly. Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours.
Pain and swelling can be expected for the first 48 hours or so. You can manage these symptoms with ice packs and pain medications, as recommended or prescribed by your surgeon.
On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of fluids and stick to soft foods. Move to a more normal diet as soon as you feel able to do so.
Within 24 hours, resume your normal oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing.