After Your Tooth Extraction

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After your surgery, you will need to rest. You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member while you recover from the anesthesia.

You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, call us.

Rest when you get home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down.

We will prescribe pain medication, so if you become sore, take it as directed. You can also use an ice pack to relieve pain and swelling. If we have given you a cleaning solution to use on the extraction site, use it as directed.

For the first few days after your surgery, you should eat soft foods only: thin soups, mashed potatoes (or other root vegetables), yogurt, cottage cheese (or other soft cheeses), gelatin, smoothies, and so on – anything you can eat without much chewing.

Do not use a straw when drinking. The sucking can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking.

If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly, Call us for a follow-up.

Got any questions?

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Please feel free to call our office today at 970-249-2077.
One of our friendly staff will be happy to help you.

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