What steps should I take after I have a tooth extracted?
Changes occur in your mouth after extraction, so explaining how to care for yourself after the procedure is essential. Here are the typical instructions we give to our patients.
- Watch out for numbness – You’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, and the sensation will last for several hours after your procedure. Take care not to accidentally bite your cheek and don’t plan on eating until after the numbness wears off.
- Control bleeding – Dr. Hunt will place a gauze pack on the extraction site, and you should bite down on it for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave our office. The pack minimize bleeding and also helps the blood clot to form. If the site still bleeds after you remove the gauze pack, replace it. Repeat the process until bleeding stops.
- Protect the clot – The blood clot that forms on the extraction site in the first 24 hours is part of the normal healing process, so do your best not to disturb it. Avoid sucking actions like smoking a cigarette or using a straw as these can dislodge the clot. Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously and avoid alcohol until the clot forms.
- Oral hygiene – You can brush and floss your other teeth, but don’t disturb the extraction site or the teeth around it.
If you have a tooth extraction scheduled in Inman, SC and have more questions, please call Meadow Creek Family Dentistry.