After Tooth Extraction


After a tooth extraction, it’s important to allow a blood clot to properly form in order to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. After this time, you may discard the gauze. However, if the bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another gauze pad and bite down firmly for an additional 30 minutes. Alternately, you may also bite down firmly on a moistened black tea bag for 30 minutes.


After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids in the healing process. Do not suck on straws, rinse vigorously, smoke, drink alcohol or brush your teeth next to the extraction site for the first 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Try to limit your vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase your blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.


After the tooth is extracted you may experience some swelling and also some pain. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn can be applied to the area and will help to minimize the swelling. The swelling will usually subside within 48 hours but may persist longer with more complicated extractions. Pain medication can be taken as needed for discomfort.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working to control your pain. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of any infection are gone. Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft, nutritious food on the day of the extraction. As soon as you are comfortable and you are able to open your mouth normally, you may resume your regular eating routine.

Oral Hygiene

It is extremely important to get back to your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed up the healing process and will also help to keep your mouth clean.

After a few days, you will likely feel back to normal, and and can then resume your regular activities.

If you have experience any bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to the medication, call the office immediately at (303) 665-2377.