After an extraction, we will provide gauze for your child to bite down on at the extraction site. Your child should hold this in place for at least 30 minutes following the procedure.
If the bleeding stops and then restarts, give your child a new piece of gauze to bite down on. Allow your child to rest quietly for an additional thirty minutes during this time. Make sure your child is simply biting down on the gauze, not chewing it.
If your child’s extraction site is actively bleeding after several hours, check to see if is bright blood dripping every 1-2 seconds from the extraction site. If you notice this, please contact the office immediately.
Cleaning the Extraction Site
Avoid brushing the extraction area with a toothbrush for several days. We will give you a small syringe to clean the extraction site. Fill this syringe with warm water to rinse and clean the extraction area. If your child is old enough, he or she may rinse or swish with a salt water rinse or mouthwash.