After Tooth Extraction

1.  Keep gauze pressure on the extraction site for one hour after the procedure. In some patients, multiple applications will be necessary.  During the first surgical day, slight oozing is to be expected: for this gauze is not indicated.  When using gauze, the biting pressure must be directly over the extraction socket.  You need to use enough gauze to establish biting pressure.

2.  Do not rinse your mouth or spit during the first surgical day.  You may drink cold or tempered fluids and eat soft foods staying away from the surgical area.  Begin rinsing after meals with warm water the day after surgery.  Continue until the area has healed (7-14 days).

3.  To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag in the surgical area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off until bedtime.  This is of benefit the first day only.

4.  You may eat soft foods (pasta, fish, yogurts, soups).  Do not chew on the surgical area.  As healing progresses, increase the consistency of your foods.  Stay away from sharp and crunchy foods.

5. Pain may be controlled by any over the counter medication (Advil, Tylenol, Ibuprofen).  When you have been given a prescription for pain, take as directed as necessary for the pain.

6.  If you were prescribed an antibiotic be sure to take it as prescribed.  Antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pill preventing pregnancy.  (You should make alternative arrangements to avoid pregnancy during any cycle that antibiotics are taken).

7.  Sometimes healing can be slow or problems can develop during the days after an extraction.  When pain or swelling persists, it is best to call the office during the day so you can be advised about your care.

8.  If you have any questions, please call (508)398-6055, office hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 to 5:00.  If you feel your situation is of concern and you need to reach us after hours then call (508)398-6055 and we will reach you as soon as possible.