When you have a tooth that needs to be removed, you can visit Alpha Dental Excellence to receive professional and gentle care from our dentist, Dr. Patel. Tooth extractions are often necessary to treat impacted wisdom teeth or severe dental injury and decay. If you believe you would benefit from a tooth extraction in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our office.

Post-operative Care for a Tooth Extraction

While you are still in the dental office:

Sit still for a few minutes immediately after the appointment. You want to be sure that a blood clot has formed before you get up and around, because you could provoke bleeding. The amount of time you need to sit still varies with the type. If this was a baby tooth that was close to coming out on its own, you may only need one or two minutes of sitting still. For the simple removal of an adult tooth, you may need to sit for about ten minutes. For a surgical extraction in which stitches were necessary, it could be half an hour or longer. This amount of time could be longer if you tend to bleed longer than most people.
You will be biting on a gauze while you are waiting. This keeps pressure on the site and assists in stopping the bleeding.

Advice on what to do after you leave the dental office:

  • After you leave the office, you should be somewhat still, without strenuous activity, for about two hours. Don’t suck or spit, as this will inhibit the formation of a blood clot.
  • Some persistent bleeding is normal. Expect your saliva to be tinged with blood for several hours.
  • However, if you notice thick bleeding with dark red blood clots, you need to apply more pressure to the site. Most dental offices give you a pack of gauze in case this occurs. If you don’t have gauze, use a paper towel. Wad it up so it puts pressure directly on the site, and bite on it for a good forty-five minutes. If the bleeding still hasn’t stopped, repeat this. If it still doesn’t stop, call the dentist or go to the hospital emergency room.
  • For pain, after a simple extraction, you should be able to just take Tylenol or ibuprofen, or another over-the-counter pain remedy.