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Post 33 – What to do after a dental extraction

Post-extraction care

It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort following an extraction. It usually goes away within a few days, and you could take your regular pain medication during this time period. Following the dental extraction, you should pay attention to the following things:

Bleeding — You should have been given extra gauze. Take 2-3 gauzes, roll and fold them, place them over the socket and apply FIRM pressure. It is important that you use enough gauze to be able to bite and apply pressure. Keep applying pressure for 10 minutes until very little bleeding is observed. You may change the gauze if needed.

Smoking – It is always advised not to smoke for a number of reasons. Smoking has a tendency to delay healing and, as a result, you could end up with a delayed healing called dry socket which is very painful. It is strongly recommended that you stop smoking for at least the first 24 hours after the extraction.

Do not disturb the blood clot – It can be quite tempting to see how the area is healing by prodding the extraction socket with your tongue, but this will dislodge any blood clot that has formed and cause further bleeding.

Gently rinse with warm water and salt – This will help to remove food residue and keep the area clean in order to minimize the chance of infection. It is important that you do not swish vigorously; otherwise, it will dislodge the blood clot. You could continue to rinse for a few days after the extraction.

Do not stop brushing – Although you will want to avoid brushing the neighboring teeth, you should continue to brush and floss them to your best ability. This will help to keep the gums healthy.

As our patients at Lakeview Dental LLC, we are always here to answer your questions or concerns and make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you. For further information about your specific dental situation—just give us a call at 561-898-1010.