Extraction Post-Op Instructions


It is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after a tooth is extracted. However, please call us if you experience:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe Pain or Increasing pain over the next few days
  • Continued swelling after two or three days
  • A reaction to the medication

For the Next 24 Hours:

  • Bite on Gauze for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding or oozing continues, bite on another gauze for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Do NOT smoke (for at least 72 hours after the extraction) Tobacco interferes with the healing process and can cause dry socket.
  • Do NOT suck through a straw or anything that could pull the blood clot out.
  • Do NOT rinse your mouth vigorously
  • Do NOT clean the teeth next to the extraction site
  • Limit yourself to calm activities for the first 24 hours. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding, and helps the healing process.
  • If swelling occurs (usually 8-24 hrs after surgery) use a cold pack (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) to keep this to a minimum. The swelling should decrease after 48 hrs.
  • Take medications as recommended. (Don’t take pain medication on an empty stomach or nausea may result.) If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  • Eat only soft foods on the day of the extraction.
  • Do NOT drink alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.

After 24 Hours:

  • Begin eating normally as soon as it’s comfortable.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water three times a day (dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Also, rinse gently after meals.
  • It’s very important to continue cleaning your teeth after 24 hours. This should include brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing every day. This will speed healing and help keep your breath and mouth fresh.
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