Tooth Extraction (Possible Complications)
Bleeding during the first 36 hours after tooth extraction is normal. You can control excessive bleeding by placing a dampened gauze pad or a moistened tea bag over the surgical site and gently biting on it for 30 minutes. If your bleeding does not decrease after 48 hours, you should call Shen Dental.
How to minimize swelling?
- Immediately after tooth extraction and during the first 36 hours: apply an ice pack in 15 minutes intervals to the facial area near the extraction.
- After 36 hours, you can apply warm compresses* to the side of your face to help reduce the swelling.
Swelling should subside almost entirely within 10 days after surgery.
Dry socket causes a throbbing intense pain that shots up towards the ear. It usually occurs 2 or more days after the extraction and can last 5-10 days.
How to avoid dry socket?
- Try to avoid smoking during the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Avoid sucking actions: smoking, spitting or using straws.
- Do not rinse your mouth excessively. This may interfere with blood clotting.
What to do?
What to do?
- Warm compresses: Starting on the third day after extraction stop applying the ice pack and switch to warm compresses to the stiff muscles (cheeks, neck and temples).
- Stretching: Use your fingers to slowly push your teeth apart. This move will stretch the tight jaw muscles. Stretching is more effective if you do it immediately after warming the muscles with warm compresses.
- Massage: Use your fingers to press on tender spots, knots or bumps in the jaw muscles using a circular motion. Repeat the massage several times a day.
*Warm Compresses: use a heating ad or a damp cloth heated in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Apply it in the relevant area.