Post Operative Care
Here are some useful tips for patients immediately following an extraction:
For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don't smoke or drink alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clots which might have formed.
Don't rinse your mouth out for as long as possible - ideally for up to 24 hours. Rinse ideally with antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorohexdine for the next 7-10 days to aid the healing process and minimise the risk of re-infection following extraction.
Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket - don't worry, this is perfectly normal.
There may be some swelling and discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some over-the-counter pain killers following the advice of your doctor.
If you feel pain immediately after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a 'dry socket' and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.
Protecting the Wound
Your dentist may have given you some gauze to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed. If not, a clean cloth handkerchief will do just as well (but not a paper tissue).
Here are some use tips for patients immediately following an extraction:
Roll it into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap (probably around 1cm by 3cm).
Sit up and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze or clean cotton handkerchief.
Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes.
Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If not, apply a fresh pad and contact your dentist.