Extraction Post- Op
- Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side until the anesthesia wears off. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue, or lip while numb.
- We have placed a suture (stitch) in the extraction site that should dissolve in 1 week.
- To help form a blood clot, keep biting on the gauze for at least 30 minutes or until the bleeding stops. You may change the gauze if it becomes saturated. A slight amount of blood may continue to leak from the extraction site until a clot forms. If the bleeding is heavy, bite on fresh gauze for an additional 30 minutes. If this does not work, please contact us.
- You may have some discomfort and swelling following the extraction. Please follow the pain management regime outlined for you and take antibiotics if prescribed. Make sure to finish the whole antibiotics prescriptions even if you feel fine.
- If you notice some swelling, you can use a cold compress or iced bag to your face (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off,…).
- DO NOT SMOKE for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Smoking delays healing and increases the risk of infection.
- Limit strenuous activity for 24 hours to keep your blood pressure lower which will reduce bleeding and help the blood clot to form.
- Do not use a straw, rinse your mouth vigorously, or spit excessively. These activities can dislodge the blood clot.
- You can eat what you feel comfortable eating, but try to avoid any sharp food (e.g., chips) or overly hot food or beverages. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
- Keep up your normal oral hygiene, but brush gently in the area of the extraction.
- You can rinse your mouth with warm water with a little salt added (1 tsp. of salt per 8 oz. of water) if you are concerned about food particles getting stuck in the extraction site.
- Sleep with an extra pillow under your head – if there is a little blood on your pillow in the morning, do not be alarmed.
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