After Tooth Extraction

In some cases, a tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. At East Village Dental Centre, Dr. Treinkman and his team of professionals are always here to assist you whatever the case may be. Before removing the tooth, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In some cases, a stronger, general anesthetic may be given, especially if more than one tooth will be removed.

To control bleeding after a tooth extraction, 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 to 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 next 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as it will increase blood pressure and increase bleeding from the extraction site.

To Minimize Swelling

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Apply ice to the area to keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

To Relieve Pain

Use pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.

Eating and Drinking

Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

Oral Hygiene is Important

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days, you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have any heavy bleeding, severe pains, continued swelling for two or three days, and/or a reaction to the medication, please call the office immediately.

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901 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 278-6622

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