After Tooth Extractions in Louisville, KY
After you have had a tooth extraction it is very important for your body to begin the healing process. The first step in the healing process is the formation of a blood clot over the tooth socket. After the extraction, you will be asked to use a gauze pad and bite down on this for 30 to 45 minutes. You may need to repeat this process several times if the extraction site is still bleeding.
Once your body has formed a blood clot, it is very important to avoid disturbing the clot. To help keep the clot in place, you should avoid the following activities:
- Drinking Alcohol
- Brushing Teeth Near the Extraction
- Using Straws
You may experience pain and swelling after your extraction. You can externally apply an ice pack to the area to help minimize swelling. Swelling around the extraction site typically lasts no more than 48 hours.
If your doctor prescribes you pain medication and antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed for the full length of the prescription to ensure that they work properly.
After the extraction, it is important to drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. Soft foods should be eaten until the extraction site feels more comfortable.
After 24 hours have passed, you can begin your normal routine of brushing and flossing.
Normal activities can be restored a few days after your tooth extraction. If you experience bleeding that will not stop, pain or swelling that occurs for longer than 2 days, or any reactions to antibiotics or pain relievers, please contact our office immediately.