• Extractions

    • Some bleeding is normal after any extraction. Fold up 3-4 gauze squares in quarters and place over extraction site(s). Bite with good pressure for 15 minutes. If bleeding has not subsided, use an additional pad for another 15 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
     
    • Some discomfort may be experienced after oral surgery. If Dr. Cooney has prescribed pain medication for you, use as directed. Otherwise, Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve may be taken for mild to moderate discomfort every 4-6 hours.
     
    • Use only warm salt water rinses to clean the xtraction area. (1tsp salt disloved in 12 oz warm water)
     
    • Some swelling may be noticed. Do not be alarmed by this normal reaction. Ice packs will help. Use 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off until swelling is relieved. Take care to not fall asleep with ice packs on!
     
    • Soft food is desirable for the first few days. Avoid very hot, cold, or spicy liquids. Avoid getting particles of food in the extraction site as much as possible.
     
    • IMPORTANT: No spitting, smoking, or sucking through straws!Any action which causes undue pressure or suction in the mouth could disturb the healing process and lead to a painful bone infection, known as dry socket.
     
    • Contact us promptly in cases of severe or worsening pain, excessive bleeding or swelling, or other unusual development after the first 24 hours.
     
    • In the weeks and months following your extraction you may notice tiny fragments of bone emerging from the extraction site. They usually occur in cases where the extracted tooth was significantly infected or where surgery was required to remove the tooth. If you experience discomfort, we can quickly remove them for you. Please call for an apointment. Please be assured these are NOT pieces of your tooth, only fragments of bone your body is shedding. In rare cases, where a section of tooth cannot be safely extracted, Dr. Cooney will advise you at the time of the extraction.
     
    • Please call our office if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your treatment.