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When will I get used to it?

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

What should I avoid doing?

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.

What can I eat?

You should not eat or drink any foods or hot liquids for at least 6 hours following surgery. In the days immediately following periodontal or dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you eat soft food and avoid any hard food products. This does not mean that you can only eat soup and juice for the next week. There are many good nutritious foods. The following are some suggested foods from the basic food groups that will be suitable for your temporary soft diet:

MILK GROUP (2 or more servings/ day)
Whole or Skim milk
Cottage Cheese

MEAT GROUP (2 or more servings/ day)
Ground, Minced, or Pureed Meat

VEGETABLES/FRUITS (4 or more servings/ day)
Stewed, Pureed Fruits and Vegetables
Vegetable Juices
Fruit Juices

BREAD/CEREAL (4 or more servings/ day)
Hot or Cold Cereals
Cream of Wheat
Soft Rolls

NOTE: You may find acidic juices such as orange juice are irritating to tender tissues around the surgical sites. Diluting the juice may be more comfortable for you.

Will I be in pain?

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. 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 48 hours.