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The First 24 Hours:

It is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed healing. To protect the clot and avoid the pain of dry socket:

  • Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 30-60 minutes. Some oozing is normal; however, after 1 hour, repeat with a clean gauze pad if oozing is profuse.
  • Don't spit or suck.
  • Don't rinse your mouth.
  • Don't brush or floss next to the site.
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco. (Note: Avoid tobacco use for at least 72 hours because it slows healing.)
  • Try your best to avoid sneezing or coughing.
  • Limit yourself to calm activities.
  • Elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to reduce bleeding.
  • Don't drink hot, carbonated or alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods.

For Your Comfort:

  • Take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn of or as recommended. If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  • To keep swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
  • When the numbness has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids and eat only soft, nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite side. Begin to eat normally as soon as it is comfortable.
  • After the first 24 hours, reduce soreness or swelling by applying moist heat. Swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours.
  • After the first 24 hours, further reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth very gently with warm salt water. (Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.) Rinse two to three times a day for the week following the extraction.

Maintaining Oral Care:

  • After the first 24 hours, resume brushing and flossing, but clean gently around the site for about a week.

When to Call Our Office:

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you have:

  • Heavy or increased bleeding
  • Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two to three days
  • A bad taste or odor in your mouth
  • A reaction to the medication

Kandy S. Sayrs, D.D.S., P.C.

  • Kandy S. Sayrs, DDS - 1865 N. Henderson St., Suite 9, Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone: 309-342-4144 Fax: 309-344-1637

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