Post-Extraction Care Guidelines

Post-Extraction Care Guidelines

  1. After tooth extraction, bite on the gauze provided for at least 1 hour. Do not change the gauze unnecessarily within the first hour, and if bleeding persists, replace it with a new piece and continue biting for another hour.
  2. While biting on the gauze, avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting. Refrain from swallowing or spitting out saliva, as it may disrupt blood clotting.
  3. Gentle and consistent biting on the gauze, with minimal movement, stimulates effective blood clotting.
  4. If you experience pain, take pain relief medication, but ensure a minimum interval of 4-6 hours between doses. Follow the dentist’s instructions for anti-inflammatory medications, if prescribed. In some cases, the dentist may provide antibiotics to prevent unnecessary antibiotic resistance.
  5. Do not suck or touch the wound, and avoid using sharp objects near the wound.
  6. Refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for the first 2-3 days after tooth extraction.
  7. Avoid alcohol consumption and hot, spicy foods. Also, refrain from smoking, as it increases the risk of dry socket after tooth extraction.
  8. If stitches were placed, inquire about their removal after 7 days. If dissolvable stitches were used, no removal is necessary. If you find them bothersome, you can request their removal after 7 days.
  9. If you experience any abnormal symptoms such as severe pain, swelling, or excessive bleeding, contact the dentist immediately.
  10. The healing process after tooth extraction occurs in stages: -Within approximately 3-4 weeks, the gum will begin to cover the extraction site. -The lower bone will solidify after 3-6 months. Continuous care is necessary during this period.
  11. In cases where there is a gap between teeth due to extraction, consult with the dentist about the necessity of dental prosthetics.

    For those who have stopped anticoagulant medications, if bleeding has stopped well, regular medication can be resumed the following morning.

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