These will be given only when we determine it to be necessary. Take all of these as prescribed until all are gone. Some antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.
Slight bleeding or oozing of blood can be expected for up to 24 hours. Bite on the gauze or cotton sponges that we give you with consistent pressure for 45 minutes to 2 hours until the bleeding stops. Continue to use if bleeding does not stop. Change gauze after 30-45 minutes if needed. Slight damp gauze or a wet tea bag may work better to stop the bleeding.
DO NOT RINSE OR SPIT TODAY. TOMORROW, rinse every 3-4 hours with warm water (approximately 8 oz.) mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt, especially after eating. We have special syringes if needed to help rinse food from extraction areas.
Drink plenty of water for the first 24 hours. Do not drink through a straw. Do not drink alcohol. Do not drink carbonated drinks like sodas. Do not drink hot liquids. Eat a soft diet for the first 24 hours.
DO NOT SMOKE FOR 24 HOURS.
Take all medications as directed. Take antibiotics for infections until all pills are gone. Eat yogurt, buttermilk or cottage cheese if your stomach is upset from these medications. Take pain medication before your numbness wears off. Four Advil or two Aleve are good over the counter pain medications.
Swelling and bruising may occur. Place ice on outside of face on the affected area for 15-20 minutes, then take the ice off for 15-20 minutes. Alternate on and off for up to 48 hours.
Brush and floss gently in the area of extraction.
During healing, you may notice small fragments of bone that work their way through the gums and you can usually pick them out. Call us if you need help.
These usually occur when the blood clot in the extraction hole does not form properly and is usually caused by smoking, spitting or getting food in the hole. These usually occur 2 days after the extraction and caused severe pain to the area and surrounding jaw. Call us if you suspect a dry socket.