Post Extraction Care:
The following are general recommendations. Please understand that dental treatments and recommendations are customized for each patient. These recommendations are not a substitute for the dentist's instructions, but as a supplement. Not all of the recommendations will apply to everyone.
Do not disturb: In doing so you may invite irritation, infection and/or bleeding. The healing process begins immediately after surgery as your body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket. No positive or negative pressure like blowing up balloons. Blowing your nose or sneezing violently can dislodge the blood clot and impair healing, so if you have an upper respiratory infection or allergies be sure to take the appropriate medications to treat these conditions.
BLEEDING: When you leave the office, you will be given verbal instructions regarding the control of postoperative bleeding. A gauze pad will be placed on the extraction site that you are asked to keep firm pressure on. Hold it firmly in place, by biting down on the gauze pad or use finger pressure, for about 60 minutes. Change this dressing after 1 hour a new piece of gauze. Do not chew on the pack. Do not suck on the extraction site. It is normal for some blood to ooze from the area of surgery for up to 24 hours. If bleeding/oozing continues for more than 24 hours, contact Dr Estafan at the Office or get to a hospital.
To prevent swelling, it may be neccessary to apply an ice pack or a cold towel to the outside of your face in the area of the extraction during the first 12 to 24 hours. Apply alternately, 10-20 minutes on then 10-20 minutes off, for an 6 hour or longer if necessary.
Do not rinse, spit, suck on a candy or straw for 24 hours. This is important so as not to disturb the initial healing.
SMOKING: Do not smoke or use tobacco for at least 72 hours after the surgery. Smoke can interfere with the healing process, promote bleeding and can cause a very painful situation know as "dry socket". Continuing to smoke during these first few days will slow healing and soft tissue will not be able to begin to fill in the socket to form the blood clot needed for healthy healing. Smoking can also interfere with the bone grow that surrounds the socket resulting in slowing its process of filling in the socket.
Pain Management is dictated by the doctor specifically for each patient at the time of surgery.
If you have any questions, please call the office (516-883-6199).