After dental extractions, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. It is recommended that you rest and limit your physical activity that day. It is normal for the extraction site to bleed a little bit throughout the day. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours and is a dark red color, you should call our office.
You will be prescribed pain medication that you can take as needed. You can also use an ice pack or cold compress every 15 minutes during the first day to alleviate any swelling. Beginning the second day, rinse with warm salt water. Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8 oz cup of warm water and gently swish after eating and before bed. This helps keep the extraction site clean and ensures proper healing.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are pudding/jello, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and thin soups. When drinking, DO NOT use a straw. The sucking motion may prematurely remove the blood clot. Also avoid vigorously swishing or spitting as that may also dislodge the blood clot. Avoid smoking for 3-5 days if possible. If you have any questions about post-extraction instructions, please contact us at (979) 543-2737.