After Tooth Extraction

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana & Paris TX

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes immediately 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 to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases 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 pain medication as directed. Call our 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 fluids 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 should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2 to 3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Texarkana Office Phone Number 903-794-3331.

Ready to have a bright & healthy smile?

Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Our caring and dedicated staff can't wait to hear from you!

Texarkana: 903-794-3331 Paris: 903-785-2541 Appointments

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas

5 out of 5 stars based on 13 Extraction reviews.

Patient Review By Mitzie H

I was extremely reluctant going in to have a full mouth extraction, very nervous !!! The staff was very professional and caring .. I’m very pleased with the results

- Mitzie H

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Wynona B

Every person in that office was amazing. Dr. Burks was the best dentist I have ever been to. He made every step of my extraction easy and I will be using this clinic for all of my dental work. Would highly recommend this office and Dr. Burks, an exceptional dentist.

- Wynona B

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Alice

Everyone very nice

- Alice

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Mitchell T

Dr. Hastings is a great dentist. Made the experience the best i have ever had. Thank you

- Mitchell T

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Randy H

May 2018, I have used Dr. Bunel many times for my family over the last 25 years. He has done wisdom teeth removal and most recently tooth extractions for my mom. He and the staff were very courteous and helpful with all our questions. Dr. Bunel called me the next day and checked on how things were going. Highly recommend Dr Bunel and staff.

- Randy H

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Brandon S

I couldn't have been more impressed or happy with the service and treatment I received. The staff was amazing and very professional. I highly recommend using them.

- Brandon S

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Thomas H

Dr. Legan was prompt, professional and friendly.

- Thomas H

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Inez J

Very good.

- Inez J

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Arthur A

Everything was great!

- Arthur A

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Lisa N

Great experience

- Lisa N

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By John G

I will be telling my friends how great they are!!

- John G

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Penny C

Very pleased with my care before, during, and after surgery.

- Penny C

5 out of 5 stars on

Patient Review By Lexie L

I was very happy with the staff and will be telling my friends to see them!

- Lexie L

5 out of 5 stars on