After tooth extraction there are a number of post-operative instructions you need to follow.
When the tooth has been extracted and the bleeding has stopped a blood clot will form. Do not disturb this by poking it with your finger or tongue. This blood clot is an important part of the healing process.
If, after leaving our dental practice, the socket does start bleeding all you need to do is: put either a handkerchief or clean tissue on the extraction site and bite down. The bleeding will stop in a few minutes, and again try not to disturb the blood clot. If bleeding persists contact Access Dental Care for advice.
Your mouth may still be numb for up to an hour
It can take an hour or more for the local anaesthetic to wear off, during this time please take care not to:
- Not bite your tongue or cheek
- Not burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids
We would also advise no smoking or drinking alcohol for 24 hours, the reason being this can slow down the healing process.
When the anaesthetic wears off
After the anaesthetic wears off you may be in some discomfort. You take can painkillers like Panadol but do not take aspirin. Aspirin is a blood thinner which could cause the socket to bleed. While you are still under the effects of the anaesthetic we advise you do not chew until you can feel your tongue, cheeks, and gums properly. This will help to prevent disturbing the blood clot that is important to the healing process.
Depending on a number of factors, the healing time can take around one or two weeks. For the first few days after surgery:
- There will be swelling
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Be sure to brush and floss the rest of your mouth as normal
For the first 48 hours after surgery we strongly recommend a soft-food diet such as:
- Ice cream
- Soft-cooked eggs
It is important to eat because the nourishment will aid the healing process. Other factors that will play a role in the healing process are: your oral health, your overall health and your body’s natural ability to heal. When you visit Access Dental Care in Perth one of our skilled and caring staff will work closely with you and let you know what to expect before during and after surgery.
After extraction we strongly recommend a follow-up visit to ensure your oral health is on track to recovery. If, at any stage after the extraction process, you are worried please feel free to talk with one of our staff.