After tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If bleeding persists, place another gauze pad over the wound and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids in healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. Limit vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding form the extraction site.

Following an extraction you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Take pain medications as prescribed. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately. 913-345-2929

Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Dry Socket is when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged and the healing is significantly delayed. With a dry socket will develop a dull throbbing pain that usually does not appear until three to four days after the extraction. A medicated dressing applied to the dry socket will soothe the pain.

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