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After a tooth extraction

To expedite the healing process, please follow the suggested measures below. However, please keep in mind that it is entirely normal to experience some discomfort and swelling in the lower face after tooth extraction.

Continue your journey towards a speedy and complication-free recovery after tooth extraction.

Day of the surgery : 

  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for an hour or two while maintaining firm pressure. Replace them every half an hour, if needed.
  • Keep your head in an upright position at all times.
  • Apply a cold compress to the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of cold per hour).
  • In case of bleeding, use a slightly moistened gauze or tea bag and bite down on it for about twenty minutes.
  • Many patients experience blood drainage and notice a reddish color in their saliva.
  • Limit physical exertion

To avoid : 

  • Do not remove the formed blood clot as it aids in optimal healing.
  • Avoid eating until bleeding has stopped.
  • Do not drink through a straw. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously or spit.
  • Avoid smoking or consuming alcohol.
  • Avoid eating hard-to-chew foods.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction site for the first 72 hours.

From the day after until complete healing : 

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm saltwater solution (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush your teeth and use dental floss daily to remove plaque and promote long-term oral health.
  • Avoid brushing around the extraction site for the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid eating hard foods such as nuts, candies, and ice.
  • It is possible that some words may be more difficult to pronounce, and you may experience increased saliva production. This will return to normal within a week.
  • Bruising on your face may appear but will fade away within five to seven days.
  • Some people may have difficulty opening their mouths for up to five days after extraction.
  • If the pain worsens after three days instead of improving, do not hesitate to contact us.

Rest assured that you will likely feel better after a few days and can resume your regular activities. If you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please contact us immediately at 450 582-0965.


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