What should I expect after a tooth extraction?
Aftereffects of a Tooth Extraction
There may be some tenderness at the extraction site. You may have some mild bruising and swelling. Sometimes the jaw can be sore from being open for an extended period.
There will be some minor bleeding for 24 - 48 hours. If you have continued HEAVY bleeding, notify the doctor immediately. Swelling can be alleviated with an ice pack or cold towel placed on your face next to the site.
Aftercare for a Tooth Extraction
For several days after the procedure, you will want to avoid drinking through a straw, drinking soda pop, smoking, spitting, or rinsing with mouthwash. Avoid anything that would be creating a suction in your mouth. Do swish lightly with warm salt water three times a day to help the healing process.
For two or three days after your surgery, it is recommended that you avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercising.
A soft diet is recommended for your comfort and to protect the surgical site. Drink plenty of liquids and eat foods high in protein, minerals, and vitamins to support post-operative healing.
Sutures May Be Needed
Sometimes sutures are placed in the proper position for ideal healing. These stitches usually dissolve on their own. You will be asked not to disturb the sutures with your tongue, toothbrush or in any other manner. You may need to return to the office to have a post-operative check up to see how your progressing.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important, as is and brushing all areas of your mouth except for the immediate surgery site. Avoid using an ultrasonic or electric toothbrush for 1-2 weeks after surgery. A clean mouth heals better!
Contact Us With Your Concern
Some minor pain, bleeding, and swelling are all ordinary events after surgery. If complications or concerns arise during healing, we would ask that you contact the office.