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After Minor oral surgery and Implant surgery...

    • Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 1-2 hours after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. It is normal if there is slightly bleeding from the extraction would in first 24 hours.
    • After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
    • Hot liquids tend to dissolve blood clots so do not drink hot coffee, tea or soup.
    • After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling from 1 to 7 days. The first and the second day after operation an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after  3-7 days.
    • Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
    • It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
    • After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities.
    • A Dentist should be called if any unusual symptoms occur, such as excessive pain, excessive swelling, or excessive bleeding.
    • Smoking can negatively impact clot formation and prolong bleeding. Any delay in healing may increase the possibility of developing "dry socket", which is an infection of the treated area that is very painful. Smokers have a much higher rate of dry socket occurrence than nonsmokers, so avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after the extraction of a tooth.