Follow up Care for 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 it for 30 to 45 minutes and replace if bleeding continues. Slight bleeding may occur up to 2 days. Avoid activities that could apply a suction action to the blood clot such as smoking or sucking through a straw.
  • Rinsing – Do not rinse your mouth today. Tomorrow, rinse your mouth gently with a glass of warm water mixed a ½ teaspoon of salt. You should 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 on affected area for about 15-20 minutes of every hour for the next 6 hours.
  • Medication – If non-aspirin pain medication doesn’t relieve the 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, and be 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 them if they are too annoying.

 Call our office if any unusual symptoms occur.