Most patients can resume normal activities within 48 hours after dental surgery. To reduce suppuration and swelling, it is recommended to raise your head with two or three pillows while lying down. However, physical activity or exercise should be avoided, especially lifting young children, weights, or other heavy objects. After the procedure, you may experience some bleeding, which is normal.
You may need to change your gauze up to an hour after the procedure, but eventually a clot will form at the extraction site that will prevent the area from continuing to bleed. To avoid infection, it is important to keep the extraction site free of particles or food objects. Most oral surgeons recommend that patients avoid physical exertion for the first 24 hours after surgery. Exercise can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can cause bleeding at the extraction site. Additionally, the blood clot that grows in the extraction area after surgery can break off and cause dry alveolitis. Whether you need wisdom teeth extracted, restorative treatment, or a tooth extracted to make way for orthodontic treatment, Trillium Dental offers superior professional dental care at an affordable price.