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Oral Surgery - “What to Expect from a Recent Extraction” It is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and to speed healing. To protect the clot:

  • Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 30-45 minutes
  • Discard used gauze. If the bleeding continues, roll up another piece of gauze and place for another 30-45 minutes.
  • If bleeding continues, place a warm wet tea bag over the extraction site and apply pressure

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do keep gauze in place for 30-45 minutes
  • Don’t spit
  • Don’t suck on candies or through a straw
  • Do limit yourself to calm activities and elevate your head with pillow when you lie down to reduce bleeding
  • No smoking for 24 hours 

Slight discomfort is to be expected and over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient. For example: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)

When to call us: Heaving or increased bleeding. Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond three days. A bad taste or odor in your mouth. A reaction to the medication. 

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