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Lexington Dental Care | Tooth Extractions in Lexington

Lexington Dental Care

922 Waltham Street, Suite 205
Lexington, MA 02421

Brenda Nishimura DDS, FAGD

(781) 861-1444

Tooth Extractions
 

Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. After the tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to fill the area that the tooth root resided.

Care must be taken not to disrupt or dislodge this blood clot as a "dry socket" may develop.

The symptom of a dry, socket is an intense dull ache in the area where the tooth was extracted and will usually start about two days after the extraction.

To avoid dislodging the clot and getting a dry socket do not rinse for the first 24 hours after the extraction.

You can start rinsing after 24 hours with warm salt water 2 times a day for 7 days.

Avoid very hot, bubbly, or alcoholic beverages.

Do not drink through a straw and avoid smoking for 24-48 hours.

It is common to have a little bit of bleeding but if the bleeding is more then bite on a gauze or damp tea bag and apply pressure for 15 minutes. For pain, we recommend two Ibuprofen (advil) tablets every four hours for the first 48 hours. If pain cannot be managed by taking the Ibuprofen every four hours, we recommend alternating with two Tylenol tablets.

In other words, take two Advil, and then two hours later take two Tylenol, and then two Advil, and so on until the pain can be managed.

Then stretch the time intervals to three hours, four hours and so on.

Never take extra strength Tylenol because of the possible side effects of liver damage.

Regular strength Tylenol should be sufficient.

If pain, excessive bleeding , swelling, fever or redness develops, please contact us.

 

Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. After the tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to fill the area that the tooth root resided. Care must be taken not to disrupt or dislodge this blood clot as a "dry socket" may develop. The symptom of a dry, socket is an intense dull ache in the area where the tooth was extracted and will usually start about two days after the extraction. To avoid dislodging the clot and getting a dry socket do not rinse for the first 24 hours after the extraction. You can start rinsing after 24 hours with warm salt water 2 times a day for 7 days. Avoid very hot, bubbly, or alcoholic beverages. Do not drink through a straw and avoid smoking for 24-48 hours. It is common to have a little bit of bleeding but if the bleeding is more then bite on a gauze or damp tea bag and apply pressure for 15 minutes. For pain, we recommend two Ibuprofen(advil) tablets every four hours for the first 48 hours. If pain cannot be managed by taking the Ibuprofen every four hours, we recommend alternating with two Tylenol tablets. In other words, take two Advil, and then two hours later take two Tylenol, and then two Advil, and so on until the pain can be managed. Then stretch the time intervals to three hours, four hours and so on. Never take extra strength Tylenol because of the possible side effects of liver damage. Regular strength Tylenol should be sufficient. If pain, excessive bleeding , swelling, fever or redness develops, please contact us.