Post Care Instructions For Tooth Extractions By Dr. Malecki
Taking Care Of Your Mouth
When you've had a tooth extracted (removed), you need to take care of your mouth. Doing certain things, even on the first day, may help you feel better and heal faster.
To help control bleeding, bite firmly on to the gauze placed by the dentist, the pressure helps to form a blood clot in the tooth socket. You can also place the gauze in cold water, wring out all the excess water from the gauze and bite down on it, applying firm pressure when biting down. If you notice you have a lot of bleeding, bite down on a regular tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea aids in forming a blood clot. Continue biting the gauze or the tea bag until the bleeding stops.
Below are some things you can do to help your mouth heal faster.
- Do eat a diet of soft, healthy foods and snacks. It may be easier for you to eat soft foods soon after your extraction. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids while you’re healing. Consider some of the following foods: soups, broths, yogurts, instant breakfast items, milkshakes, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal.
- Do brush your teeth gently. Avoid brushing around the extraction.
- Do keep the extraction site clean. You may begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water 24 hours after the extraction. Do this before bedtime only.
Below are some things to avoid during the first 48 hours after the extraction.
- Don’t drink through a straw or spit. Sucking on a straw or spitting causes suction that may dislodge the blood clot.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking may break down the blood clot, causing a painful tooth socket.
- Don’t drink alcohol or rinse your mouth out with any mouth wash (it can contain alcohol).
To lessen any pain, take any prescribed medication as directed. Don’t drive while taking any prescription pain medication as you may feel drowsy.
Be careful after the extraction when eating, taking care that you don’t bite the inside of your cheek or lip. Chew on the side of your mouth that’s opposite the extraction site. Avoid crunchy chips, popcorn, nuts and sticky foods for the first 48 hours.
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to ask any of our staff or call the office at (630) 833-0122.