Home Care Instructions

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.  Swelling ususally subsides after 48 hours.

Take pain medications as prescribed.  Call the office at Burnsville Office Phone Number 952.435.4177 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.

It is important to hydrate!  Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include flossing your teeth at least once a day and brushing twice a day.  This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Burnsville Office Phone Number 952.435.4177.


After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Unitl the numbness has completely worn off avoid chewing or drinking hot beverages.  It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb. 

Composite fillings are fully set when you leave the office, so once you are no longer numb, you may resume chewing.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Take Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin work well to alleviate the tenderness. Be sure to take as directed.  If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Burnsville Office Phone Number 952.435.4177.