- To help clotting and prevent prolonged bleeding, do not spit, smoke, or rinse your mouth for the remaining part of the day.
- Bite steadily on gauze for 15–20 minutes and sit quietly to stop the bleeding.
- For prolonged bleeding, bite on gauze for 30–40 minutes.
- If bleeding persists or becomes heavy, substitute a moist tea bag (first soaked in warm water, squeezed dry, and wrapped in a moist gauze). Place on the area for 20–30 minutes.
- If bleeding continues, please call our office.
- Change the gauze if it becomes saturated with blood.
- Remove the gauze when bleeding stops.
- A small amount of bleeding may occur for a few days; this is normal.
- Some prescription medications may cause drowsiness. Driving, drinking alcohol, and the use of machinery is prohibited.
- If pain increases in severity over 3 days, please contact our office.
- Take pain medication with food.
- If antibiotics have been prescribed, complete the course of antibiotics, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
- Do not take antibiotics and pain medication together. Taking antibiotics may cause birth control pills to be ineffective; use an alternative method of birth control while taking antibiotics.
Swelling and Discoloration
- Swelling and discoloration of the face and jaw line may be experienced. Ice is helpful to control swelling if used for the first 24 hours. Place ice on the jaw area for 20 minutes, then off for 20 minutes.
- Discoloration will disappear and requires no treatment.
- Swelling and discoloration can take up to a week to resolve.
- Begin rinsing with warm saltwater rinses the day after the extraction. Rinse your mouth at least 2–3 times daily for the next 5 days. Keep the site clean of any food particles.
- The warm saltwater rinses should be mixed at a concentration of 1 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.
- If prescribed, rinse mouth as directed with Peridex™ rinse.
- You may return to your normal tooth brushing routine, but take extra care at the extraction site.
- Start with cool liquids, after 1–2 hours, if bleeding is not prolonged.
- Soft foods will be necessary for 1–5 days; slowly progress your diet.
- If you have sutures, they will usually dissolve within 4–7 days.
- Small sharp fragments of bone may work out of the gums for 1–6 weeks after extractions.
- If a piece of bone does become irritating, please call our office to make arrangements for its removal.
In the case of a problem, please call our office. We are available 24 hours a day.
Lebanon: (717) 273-6745