As tooth extraction is a delicate procedure, a blood clot will form in the position of where the tooth was taken out. This is a normal reaction from the human body, helping to protecting the wound and speed up the healing process. Despite the great temptation to do so, it is important that you do not touch or rinse the affected area, as this will incur bleeding and open up the possibility of infection.
Should the wound start to bleed after you have left our dental practice, simply place a clean tissue or cotton bud over the site of the extraction and clench down to apply pressure to the area. This will slow the blood flow to the wound, allowing the clot to form once more. If the bleeding persists, you should contact us immediately on 03-5996-9197.
Numbness is also a normal reaction to the procedure, due to the anaesthetic used, and typically lasts up to an hour on average. When the anaesthetic wears off, the patient may feel discomfort due to the pain, which can be soothed using a general household painkiller. Please do not use any form of aspirin, as this could cause the wound to bleed. It is also advisable to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Should you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to call our practice, or get in touch using our contact form.