Information following a tooth extraction

  • Bleeding—after an extraction, a wet gauze pack is placed over the extraction site to prevent excessive bleeding and to promote the healing blood clot. Keep pressure on the extraction site for 30 to 45 minutes and replace the gauze as bleeding continues. Slight bleeding may occur up to 2 days. Avoid activities that could apply suction action to the blood clot such as smoking or sucking through a straw.
  • Rinsing—do not rinse your mouth the first day following the extraction. The following day, you can rinse gently with a glass of warm water mixed with a ½ teaspoon of salt. You can do this every 3-4 hours, especially after meals.
  • Swelling—following an extraction, some swelling and skin bruising may occur. A cold, moist cloth or an ice bag applied to the cheek will keep it to a minimum. Place ice on the affected area for about 15-20 minutes of every hour for the next 6 hours.
  • Medication—if non-aspirin pain medication doesn’t relieve any discomfort you may experience, a stronger medication may be prescribed. Be sure to use all medications as directed.
  • Food—a light diet with plenty of fluids is recommended the first day. Chewing should be done away from the extraction site.
  • Oral Hygiene—continue brushing and flossing, being extra gentle near the extraction site.
  • Bone Chips—during healing you may notice small bony fragments working their way through the gums. We can easily remove these chips if they become too annoying.
  • Oral Hygiene—continue brushing and flossing, being extra gentle near the extraction site.

Please be sure to call our office if you have excessive bleeding or pain, or any other unusual symptoms occur.