While removing a tooth from your mouth is a serious procedure, aftercare of the extraction site is as important as the procedure itself.
Immediately following your surgery:
- Keep pressure on the gauze pad placed over the surgical site. Gently bite down to maintain pressure, and try to maintain constant pressure in 45-60 minute intervals. Repeat as often as needed until the bleeding lessens. Change the gauze as needed, and dampen the gauze with water if it begins to dry out.
- Keep your head elevated, and lower your activity level as much as possible.
- For the first 48 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth with warm salt water every 1-2 hours. Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol.
- Keep your mouth clean by brushing the area around the surgical site. Avoid any sutures that are present, and do not touch the wounded area in any fashion.
- Control swelling by placing ice packs or cold compresses over facial areas near the extraction site.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed. If itching or swelling occurs, contact our dentists immediately, or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
- Eat softer foods that are higher in protein.
- Keep your body hydrated.
- Do NOT drink through a straw for at least 5-7 days.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco for 3-4 days.
Your sutures should dissolve or fall out within 3-14 days. If your sutures are not resorbable, Dr. Andrew Smith and Dr. Jason Wareham will schedule a follow-up appointment at our office in Murray, Utah, to remove the stitches for you.
For more information about post-extraction care, contact Wasatch Gentle Dental at 801-262-6661.