most extractions heal quickly without swelling, pain or infectionů" /> Post extraction instructions by Michael Shashaty, DDS in Encino
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As your mouth heals, you can promote faster healing and avoid complications by simply following these instructions. Here is some important instruction and advices to follow after an extraction, because proper attention can make most extractions heal quickly, painlessly and without complication, the main objective in this phase is to maintain the initial blood clot and allow it to seal the wound promptly.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Pressure from a piece of gauze is usually all what is needed to control the bleeding and to help a blood clot to form in the socket. Bite on the gauze and maintain moderate pressure for at least 45 minutes to an hour.
  • If bleeding continues, replace sterile gauze with another as provided and maintain pressure for another 30 minutes.
  • Gently brush your teeth in the first two days as vigorous rinsing could cause the initial blood clot to dislodge.
  • Eating: adequate food and fluid intake is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult you should supplement your diet with nourishing liquids and soft foods. Solid foods may be added as soon as they can be chewed comfortably.
  • To prevent swelling, you may apply an ice pack to the outside of your face in the area of the extraction in the first day.
  • Be careful not to bite, chew, pinch and/or scratch your lip or the inside of your cheek while it is still numb as it can lead to serious soft tissue trauma.
  • Report any unusual occurrences to your dentist

THINGS TO AVOID DOING:

  • Don't use any toothpaste in the first two days as rinsing toothpaste from your mouth could remove the blood clot.
  • Refrain from smoking and don't drink liquids through a straw, also avoid drinking alcohol in the first three days.
  • Do not make positive or negative pressure like blowing up balloons.  blowing your nose or sneezing violently or even drinking from a straw, it can dislodge the blood clot and impair healing.
  • Do not directly brush the extraction site for 24 hour to prevent dislodging of the blood clot from the socket. Resume gentle brushing after that as it is important to keep the area as clean as possible
  • Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after extraction to insure the formation of a blood clot. Disturbance of this clot can lead to increased bleeding, after 24 hours you could very gently rinse.
  • Limit your activity during the first 24 hours, because increased activity can lead to increased bleeding. Avoid bending over or heavy lifting for 2-3 days.
  • Don't sleep soon after the extraction (that's why extraction is preferred in the morning), at night try to sleep on several pillows to keep your head level high this refrain from excessive activity, don't stay under the sun or in a very hot area as it will increase the blood flow to your head and the extraction site.

 

 


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