After Dental Extraction Surgery
After this type of oral surgery you’ll need plenty of rest. Arrange to be driven home by a friend or family member because you may still be under the effects of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a short time after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you’ll need to change it out regularly. If bleeding continues more than one day do not hesitate to call Dr. Lavrisa. Rest after you get home but do not lie flat, which could extend the bleeding. Elevate your head with a pillow when resting. Pain medication is typically prescribed in the event you experience continued discomfort and soreness after your extraction. You may apply an ice pack to ease the pain and to keep the swelling down. Your dentist may also offer you a safe and effective cleaning solution to keep the extraction site free from infection.
You will be on a diet of soft foods for a few days following your extraction surgery. Some recommended foods include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- …and other food you can eat with minimal or no chewing.
When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and hinder the clotting process. It is also recommended that you do not smoke after an extraction. If you have persistent pain, bleeding or irritation, call your dentist for a follow up visit.