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Bradford Place Family Dentist | After Single Extraction in Belton


                       Mark A. Anderson DDS            

119 Bradford Lane
Belton, MO 64012


After Single Extraction


  • Bleeding - After an extraction, a wet gauze pack is placed over the extraction site to prevent excessive bleeding and to promote the healing blood clot. Keep pressure on it for 30-45 minutes and replace it bleeding continues. Slight bleeding may occur up to 2 days. Avoid activities that could apply a suction action to the blood clot such as smoking or sucking through a straw.

  • Rinsing - Do not rinse your mouth today. Tomorrow you can rinse your mouth gently with glass o warm water mixed with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You can do this every 3-4 hours a day especially after meals.

  • Swelling - Following an extraction some swelling and skin brushing may occur. A cold moist cloth or an ice bag applied to the cheek will keep it to a minimum. Place on affected area for about 15-20 minutes of every hour for the next 6 hours.

  • Medication - If non-aspirin pain medication doesn't relieve the discomfort you may experience a stronger medication can be prescribed. Be sure to use all medication as directed.

  • Food - A light diet with plenty of fluids is recommended the first day. Chewing should be done away from the extraction site.

  • Oral Hygiene - Continue brushing and flossing being extra gentle near the extraction site.

  • Bone Chips - During healing you may notice small bony fragments working their way through the gums. We can easily remove them if they are too annoying.

  • Call our office if any unusual symptoms occur.