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Post extraction instructions by Michael Shashaty, DDS in Encino
:: WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EXTRACTION
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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.
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
Gently brush your teeth in the
first two days as vigorous rinsing could cause the initial blood clot to
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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