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What should I expect after an extraction?

dental extractions | rochester mnFollowing your extraction, the staff at Quarry Hill Family Dental will provide specific instructions to help the extraction site heal. The amount of discomfort and pain you may feel can vary a lot depending on how difficult the extraction was. Some common things to avoid doing after your extraction include: 

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco for 48 hours
  • Using a straw 
  • Lifting heavy objects or exercising for 48 hours

After your extraction, you may have some soreness, oozing, and small bleeding around the extraction area for a day or two. Our team will provide you with some sterile gauze to use if this occurs. For any soreness, if you are able to take both Ibuprofen and Tylenol Dr. Jarrett recommends alternating between taking each one every four hours to control the pain. By alternating every four hours their ability to help control the pain will greatly increase.  

If after four to five days you start to experience an intense pain you may have what is called a “dry socket.” This happens when the clot becomes dislodged and delays healing. During the previous days after the extraction, you may have felt no pain or discomfort at all. If you believe this has occurred, please call our office and Dr. Jarrett can help heal the area by applying some medication that will shorten the healing time.

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