After Tooth Extraction/Surgical Extraction

After Tooth Extraction/Surgical Extraction Guidelines:

  1. After tooth extraction, bite on gauze firmly for at least 1 hour.
  2. While biting on gauze, avoid rinsing or spitting, and do not suck or spit saliva forcefully as it may dislodge the blood clot, leading to difficult bleeding cessation.
  3. Maintain stillness while biting on gauze; minimal movement promotes an efficient blood clotting process.
  4. Avoid using the tongue to touch the wound, and refrain from using your fingers or any sharp objects to probe the surgical site.
  5. Take pain medication as needed for discomfort, but ensure intervals of at least 4-6 hours between doses. If prescribed, use anti-inflammatory medication and apply cold compresses to the affected cheek for 24-48 hours to reduce pain and swelling.
  6. Choose a soft or liquid diet and chew on the opposite side of the surgical site.
  7. In the first night, sleep with an elevated pillow or use two pillows to minimize swelling.
  8. Avoid strenuous physical activities or heavy lifting in the first 2-3 days after tooth extraction.
  9. Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages, hot and spicy foods, and avoid smoking, as they increase the risk of post-extraction complications.
  10. If stitches are applied, return for removal 7-10 days after tooth extraction.
  11. If dissolvable stitches are used, there is no need for removal. If you find them bothersome, you can request removal after 7 days.
  12. In case of any abnormal symptoms such as severe pain, excessive swelling, or heavy bleeding that doesn’t improve within 2-3 days, consult your dentist immediately.
  13. The healing process of the extraction site takes time:
    – Gums will start to cover the extraction site within 3-4 weeks.
    – The bone in the lower jaw will solidify over 3-6 months. Continuous care is advised during this period.

    If you have stopped taking blood-thinning medications, and bleeding has stopped effectively, you can resume regular medication in the morning

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