Post Operative Instructions for Tooth Extraction

What are the Complications of Tooth Extraction?

After a tooth extraction operation, these post-operative instructions should be carefully followed. These are the most common post-operative complications of tooth extraction procedures.

It is vitally important for blood clot to form to stop bleeding after tooth extraction and begin the healing process. It is important not to touch or dislodge the clot as it helps the healing process. Do not rinse your mouth intensively, smoke, and drink alcohol or brush the extracted or area next to the extracted tooth for 24 hours. These activities will dislodge or fuse the clot and undermine the healing process. Do not involve extensive exercise for the first 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may end in more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the operation, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. It is expected for tooth extracted site to bleed for a while. Applying an ice pack to the extracted area will keep swelling and pain to minimum level. They relieve usually after 48 hours.

You should use your medication as prescribed. If antibiotics are directed they must be used for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can return to your normal eating habit as soon as you feel comfortable.

You will be limited to soft foods that you can eat without chewing for 12 hours after tooth extraction. Some recommended foods are:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Creamed Cereals
  • Yogurt
  • Pudding and etc.

While drinking something, straws are not be used because sucking motion can dislodge your sutures and slow down the clotting process. It goes the same for smoking.

It is important to return your regular dental routine after one day. This involves brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day. This habit will accelerate healing process after tooth extraction and help keep your mouth clean and fresh. If you experience intense bleeding, severe pain, ongoing swelling for two to three days or a reaction to prescribed medication, get in touch with clinic as soon as possible.

  • Acardent is an Authorised International Health Provider by Ministry of Health in Turkey.
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