Bellflower after Tooth Extraction
One of the most important parts of healing after tooth extraction is having a blood clot form to stop the bleeding and begin the process of tissue reconstruction. We recommend biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after extraction to help the blood clot. You might need to do this several times.
Once a blood clot forms, do NOT disturb or dislodge the clot. Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously or brushing roughly. Also, do not use straws, smoke any substances, or drink alcohol for at least 72 hours following surgery. Again, these activities could disturb or dislodge the clot, meaning it will take you longer to heal. Also limit vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours since the movement will increase blood pressure and cause more bleeding.
After the tooth is extracted, it’s normal to feel pain and experience swelling. Use an ice pack or an unopened pack of frozen vegetables to keep swelling to a minimum by applying the cold object to the cheek above the point of extraction. Take any pain medications as prescribed. Swelling should subside after 24-48 hours.
Use pain recommended as directed by the dentist or office staff. Please call our office if the medication isn’t working. Always take your prescribed antibiotics even if the signs and symptoms of infection have disappeared. All of the bacteria needs to be killed to stop an infection from recurring. Drink tons of water and remember to eat soft, nutritious foods like bananas on the day of extraction. Afterwards, try to eat as normally as possible.
Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. You should brush and floss at least twice a day. Healing will be sped up since your mouth will be fresh, clean, and free of harmful bacteria.
After a few days, you can resume your normal activities. If you continue to experience heavy bleeding, pain, facial swelling, or have a reaction to the medicine, call our office immediately at Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center Phone Number 562-866-1111.