After your tooth extraction in Haledon and Caldwell, New Jersey, it’s important for a blood clot to form 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. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

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

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack, or even an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call Belmont Dental Associates at Haledon 973-790-4494 Caldwell 862-702-3797 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even you don’t experience any signs or symptoms of infection. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. Afterwards you can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and be able to resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call Drs. Lembo and Jaffin immediately.