Post procedure care
After the procedure, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics and patients should rest. If the extraction site bleeds, it is advised to bite down on clean cotton.
It is good to allow a blood clot to form over the extraction site, as it will aid healing. Patients should avoid smoking and eating very hot or cold foods, as well as avoiding eating on the side of the mouth where the tooth was extracted, as food may get into the wound and cause bleeding or infection. Ask the dentist about suitable painkillers as some medications such as aspirin, can thin the blood and cause bleeding.
If the blood clot becomes loose and exposes the bone underneath it, it can cause a painful condition called dry socket. Should this occur, a dentist will place an anesthetic cover on the area until it properly heals.
There is some minor discomfort associated with tooth extraction, although this should pass quickly. Soreness in the area should pass within a day or two.