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After a tooth extraction

To promote faster healing, please follow the recommendations below. However, keep in mind that it is entirely normal to experience some discomfort and swelling in the lower part of your face after a tooth extraction.

Take steps towards a quick and complication-free recovery after your tooth extraction

Surgery Day:
  • Keep the gauze pads in your mouth with constant pressure for one to two hours. Change them every half hour if needed.
  • Maintain an upright head position at all times.
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of cold per hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a dampened gauze or tea bag for about twenty minutes.
  • Seeing traces of blood in your saliva is common.
  • Limit intense physical activities.
  • Removing the formed blood clot, as it aids in healing.
  • Eating before bleeding stops.
  • Using a straw for drinking.
  • Rinsing your mouth or spitting.
  • Smoking or consuming alcohol.
  • Eating hard-to-chew foods.
  • Brushing teeth near the extraction site for the first 72 hours.
In Case of Pain:
  • Take prescribed medications if necessary. Also, complete the full course of antibiotics even without symptoms.
Suggested Diet:
  • On the day of extraction, opt for soft foods and lukewarm beverages.
  • As you feel better, you can resume a normal diet.
From the day after until complete healing:
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm saltwater (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily for good hygiene and long-term success. Avoid brushing around the extraction site for the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid hard foods (nuts, candies, ice).
  • Certain words might be difficult to pronounce, and you might produce more saliva than usual, but this will return to normal within a week.
  • Bruising on the face may appear and will fade in five to seven days.
  • Mouth opening might be limited for up to five days after the extraction.
  • If pain increases instead of decreasing after three days, don't hesitate to contact us.

Rest assured, you'll feel better after a few days and can resume normal activities. If you experience intense pain, significant bleeding, swelling for 2 to 3 days, or a reaction to prescribed medication, contact us immediately at 514-925-3368.

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