After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 321-725-5377 (Melbourne office) or Melbourne Office Phone Number (321) 725-5377 (Suntree/Rockledge office).

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I was very pleased by my visit to this office. Mr. Kim and his assistant Patty were super friendly and very professional. They both got me in and out with no problems at all, they also were there to answer any questions any time! Very satisfied!

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Dr. Schimdt ,had taken care of me after I was in an accident (2005) and lost 11 teeth in one shot. I was a mess with teeth broken off at the gum line. He took me in without an appt. and went above and beyond (in my mind) ,as did the nurses ,as he had to hammer out most of the roots.I will never forget that day ,and with all the mess ,I still walked away with a huge respect for they're help and compassion. Dr.Kim ,as I stated above was as good as it gets , and I'm grateful to them all at Newimage !

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I am writing this review 6 hours post-op. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and respect for. Dr Kim. 3 extractions with a partial placed during my visit. I was treated with respect, kindness and concern throughout the entire procedure. I will recommend Dr Kim to family and friends. I dealt with both Melbourne and Suntree offices. All of the staff were knowledgable, courteous, and caring. Thank you!

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