After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot.


  • Rinse, spit or brush your teeth for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Drink through a straw for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Smoke or Drink alcohol for 48 to 72 hours after surgery.
  • Eat or drink hot, spicy or acidic foods for 5 to 7 days after surgery.
  • Exercise vigorously for 5 to 7 days after surgery as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process:

After the tooth is extracted 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. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

happy family brushing teeth togetherIt is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at San Francisco Center for Osseointegration Phone Number 415-956-6610.

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