Post-Op Care – Extraction

  • Some discomfort after the extraction is normal. Ibuprofen is recommended to help with discomfort.
  • To avoid swelling apply an ice pack to cheek or lip for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off — for the first 6 hours following the extraction.
  • We will send you home with some sterile gauze. If bleeding occurs place gauze on extraction site and bite down on gauze for 20-30 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • It is crucial that this area clots as this is vital to the healing process. Do you not drink through a straw, spit or swish mouth with any liquid until bleeding has stopped.
  • Once bleeding has stopped it is recommended that you rinse mouth using warm salt water (one-quarter teaspoon salt) every 3-4 hours.
  • DO NOT smoke. This will slow down the healing time.
  • Everybody is different; you will be the judge on how comfortable you feel with eating regular foods. It is recommended that you stick to a liquid/soft food diet for the first 24 hours. Make sure to not eat anything TOO hot as this will irritate the extraction site.
  • Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots: if uncomfortable, return to our office for removal.
  • If you are very uncomfortable post-surgery or any unusual symptoms occur, call the office immediately