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What can I expect during recovery from a surgical tooth extraction?

Following a surgical tooth extraction, your jaw may be sore, stiff, and swollen. You may need to bite on a gauze for 20 or 30 minutes to allow the blood to clot. You may still have minor bleeding up to 24 hours after the procedure, but avoid touching the wound.

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