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How long to keep gauze pack after tooth extraction

By Amina 2/2/2012 12:31:47 AM
I had my wisdom tooth extracted yesterday. I was prescribed Chlorhexidine mouthwash and pain pills. I was given gauze that I am still using. My first question is that I feel comfortabke with the gauze in my mouth. When you should I stop using the gauze? And do I need to do the water and salt rinse 3 to 4 times a day even when I have chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 2/2/2012 12:31:47 AM

Gauze pack dressing is given for bleeding to stop. If there is no bleeding or oozing of blood, then you can stop using gauze pack. Chlorhexidine mouth wash is antimicrobial agent and kills the bacteria. It is used 10 days or so following 24 hours of tooth extraction surgery. You can also do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day. Rinse your mouth after meals and snacks to remove food accumulates from extraction socket. Warm saline rinses will also reduce the swelling and will facilitate the healing process of tooth extraction socket. Take the meds as prescribed by your dentist and follow the instructions of your dentist to avoid any complications. If it was simple tooth extraction, then extraction socket will heal completely in 7-10 days after tooth extraction and if it was a surgical or complicated tooth extraction, then it may take weeks to months for extraction socket to completely heal. For more info on tooth extraction aftercare, refer to……   http://www.identalhub.com/article_do%27s-and-don%27ts-after-tooth-extraction-153.aspx


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