After your tooth is removed, let’s get the bleeding to stop by allowing a clot to form in the tooth socket. To do this, gently bite on one of the gauze pads you were given and change it every 20 minutes or so. When the gauze pads have little or no blood on them, they are no longer necessary. If you run out of or lose the gauze, try a moist tea bag.
Take any medication you were prescribed as directed. If you are taking over-the-counter pain medication take it as recommended as soon as you get home, well before the anesthesia wears off.
Apply an ice pack or bag of frozen peas to the side of your face where the tooth was removed for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 2 to 3 hours. This will help minimize bleeding and swelling. Avoid any significant exercise for the first 24 hours as this may cause an increase in bleeding.
You need to drink plenty of liquids and eat soft nutritious foods so that you can heal properly and better handle any medication you are taking. Make sure you avoid anything hot, carbonated or alcoholic for the first 24 hours as well as minimal rinsing, spitting or sucking on straws. If you are a smoker, keep it to a minimum for the first week or ideally not at all.
You can return to a normal dental routine after 24 hours.
If you have any problems with bleeding, pain or swelling, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 530-577-8080 during office hours or 530-721-0043 after hours.