After Tooth Extraction

After Tooth Extraction

April 1, 2019

Once the tooth extraction has been performed, the goal of dentist in Wilshire is to offer highest degree of surgical care and speedy recovery. If any unusual problem or discomfort arises, you need to see the dentist immediately.


People taking any type of medicines should avoid operating any machinery or driving vehicle.


If the dentist in CA 90025 has prescribed you antibiotics like Penicillin, Clindamycin, or Keflex, take them as scheduled after each meal or before bedtime.

Allergic Reaction

If you notice an allergic reaction such as hives, rash, or itching, stop the medication and consult a physician.

Pain Medication

Having pain after surgery is common and it may last up to 2 weeks post extraction. You can take Advil or Motrin for pain relief. For severe pain, narcotic pain medicine such as Tylenol #3 or Vicoprofen can be prescribed by the dentist.

Anti-swelling Medication

The medication for swelling can cause face to appear red. This is a side effect and you must stop taking the medicine till the symptom disappears. It may also cause hiccups.

Prescription Mouthwash

Avoid rinsing or spitting for the first 24 hours after surgery. You can begin rinsing with warm salt water. You may be given a special mouthwash by dentist post surgery and it should be used twice after 24 hours of extraction.

Other Medication

You can continue with other medications that you had been taking before surgery along with the prescribed antibiotics.

Intravenous Injection site

If IV sedation was offered to you, it can cause numbness, redness, pain, swelling, and bruising in your arm. Placing a warm compress can help.

Activity After Anesthesia

  • Place the gauze in socket to avoid bleeding at least for 3-4 hours.
  • You can place cold compress to get rid of swelling.
  • You must only consume cold, bland, and soft food items for few days.
  • Proper oral hygiene is important such as brushing and flossing.
  • You must not smoke for at least one week after extraction.

You may need to schedule a dental visit few days after or a week after the tooth extraction surgery.

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