The following steps will prevent bleeding and relieve soreness post-dental treatment.
On the Day of Treatment
- Keep the cotton wool pack on the extraction site and maintain a continuous pressure.
- If bleeding continues, repeat the above procedure with new cotton wool until it stops.
- The bleeding can continue for some hours, and often looks worse than it is.
- Avoid rinsing where possible. If necessary, rinse very gently with cold water.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol
- Avoid warm drinks and hard or chewy food on or near the extraction site.
- Do not disturb the extraction site with your tongue, or while eating, for 12 hours after treatment
- You can take the recommended dose of painkillers containing Paracetamol or Ibuprofen to relieve any pain or soreness. Aspirin is not recommended.
- Warm water with some added salt may be used after 24 hours to bathe the site if desired.
- You may feel the sharp edge of a socket with your tongue, and small fragments may become loose a few days after treatment. Please do not be alarmed, this is normal.
On the Days Following Treatment
If pain persists, spreads and/or becomes severe, you will likely have developed an infection at the extraction site. This is a complication that can arise with some patients, and is best prevented by strictly following the precautions listed above.
The infection can be quite painful. It normally arises due to a blood clot failing to seal the wound, allowing food and bacteria to enter. You will need to vigorously bathe the site with salt water and take pain-relieving medication. Please also contact the practice for treatment of your infection.Back to Dental Education