Tooth Extraction After Care
When you have extracted a tooth, it is fairly common to experience some swelling and a certain amount of pain. You should always take the medications your dentist recommended, as they directed. However, avoid additional acetaminophen (Tylenol), because it is most likely already in the medicine you have been prescribed.
If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, continue taking them until you’ve gone through them, even if any symptoms or signs of an infection might’ve disappeared. It’s very important that a blood clot forms in order to stop the bleeding, as well as begin the healing process.
Your dentist may have placed a few dis-solvable stitches once they’ve removed the tooth, as well as packed a gauze pad to stop the bleeding and instructed you to bite down on it for 30 to 45 minutes. If after you remove it, bleeding continues, place another gauze pad and continue biting down for another 30 minutes. A moistened tea bag applied to the area for around 20 to 30 minutes can also help with the bleeding.
It is very important that you don’t disturb or dislodge the blood clot once it forms. Don’t rinse your teeth vigorously, don’t use a straw, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol for around 72 hours.
What happens if you still have pain?
If the pain continues becoming worse, or it doesn’t calm down after a few days, that might be a symptom of a dry socket. This is a condition where the blood clot has broken loose, and the bone and nerves have been exposed. Look at yourself in the mirror. If you’re seeing whitish bone instead of a dark blood clot, that may be dry socket.
If you continue to experience swelling and pain after tooth extraction, contact our office in Jersey City so we can take care of it for you.