After removal of your tooth, the dentist will place gauze over the empty socket. You will be encouraged to bite down for 30 to 45 minutes. This applies pressure to help slow the bleeding. Before you leave our office, we will give you extra gauze so you can change it out as needed.
If bleeding persists, you should continue applying pressure for another 30 to 45 minutes until it has subsided. If bleeding continues after this, call our office for instructions.
You should expect post-op swelling, soreness, and bruising. Regular application of ice will help reduce pain and swelling. Ice should be applied to the outer jaw every hour and should stay in place for 20 minutes. The more often you ice, the less swelling and pain you will experience.
Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, are highly encouraged to help with the pain. If additional pain medication is necessary, we can prescribe a stronger medication to improve your comfort.
There are a few things that should be avoided for the first few days to prevent painful dry sockets, such as:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Drinking fluids from a straw
Things you can do to improve outcomes include:
- Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day
- Brushing gently twice a day
- Taking any antibiotics prescribed
- Using mouth rinse, if provided, as directed
- Keeping the surgical site clean
- Eating soft foods until the gums are healed
- Following any other post-op instructions provided to you