Post-Op: Tooth Extraction

Following the extraction of a tooth, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes, which helps a blood clot form. If bleeding persists, discard the gauze pad, replace it with a clean gauze pad, and repeat this process. You may need to do this multiple times in order to get a clot to form.

Following the formation of a blood clot, it is important not to disturb it. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or sucking on a straw for at least 72 hours. Also, be very gentle when brushing near the extraction site. Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours.

Pain and swelling can be expected for the first 48 hours or so. You can manage these symptoms with ice packs and pain medications, as recommended or prescribed by your surgeon.

On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of fluids and stick to soft foods. Move to a more normal diet as soon as you feel able to do so.

Within 24 hours, resume your normal oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing.


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Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery Dental Implants & Wisdom Teeth in Richland, WA

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Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to serve patients throughout Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, WA and surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of oral surgery services including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, as well as sedation options to enhance your safety and comfort. Centrally located near Pasco and Kennewick, WA, we are the convenient practice to visit for your wisdom teeth, dental implant and other oral surgery needs.