What should I expect after 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 of time.
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.
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 3 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.
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. Brushing all areas of your mouth except the immediate surgery site. Avoid using an ultrasonic or electric toothbrush for 1-2 weeks after surgery. A clean mouth heals better!
Some minor pain, bleeding, and swelling are all normal events after surgery. If complications or concerns arise during the course of healing we would ask that you contact the office.