Oral surgery (extraction)

  • An ice compress may reduce swelling if used immediately after extraction. Apply 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, then on again as needed for the first 1-2 hours.
  • After extraction, bite firmly on gauze for 30 minutes and replace as needed until bleeding has slowed. Some bleeding is normal, but if you have profuse bright red bleeding, place a moistened, folded gauze over the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. If this fails, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. If heavy bleeding persists, which is highly unusual, call our office to discuss.
  • Do not rinse, spit or use a straw for 24 hours, as doing so can dislodge the blood clot that is helping the area heal. No smoking for two days.
  • For discomfort, you may find alternating 600mg of ibuprofen with 650mg of acetaminophen (if you can take these medications) to be more effective than taking one type of medication alone. If you were prescribed a prescription medication, use as directed.
  • At an adequate but softer diet for the first 24 hours, drink plenty of fluids taking care to avoid very hot or cold fluids and resume your normal diet as you feel comfortable.
  • Starting the 2nd day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp. salt/8 oz. water) 3-5 times per day.
  • Avoid excessive activity or consuming alcoholic beverages until healing is well established, usually 2-3 days.
  • Continue brushing areas not involved in surgery and begin brushing your entire mouth when you are comfortable.
  • If sutures were placed, they will fall out or dissolve in 7-14 days unless you were instructed otherwise.
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