Post Operative Instructions For Dental Extraction

Tooth Extractions


Leave the gauze over the socket for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, holding it in place with moderate biting
pressure to control the bleeding. The gauze is in your mouth only to exert pressure on the extraction site,
not to soak up the blood or saliva. This gauze is acting as a band-aid. Changing the gauze more
frequently than 30 minutes to 1 hour may remove the forming clot. Most patients do NOT need to replace
the gauze after one application. Minor bleeding may continue for 24-48 hours, in some individuals without
need for alarm. Small amounts of blood in the saliva appear to be large amounts of blood are usually no
cause for concern. If oozing continues after the gauze has been removed, place folded gauze over the site
and bite to put FIRM pressure for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Swelling and discoloration in varying degrees often follow surgical procedures, within the oral cavity. To
help maintain the condition, an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetable (often works better), may be placed on
the side of the face over the area of surgery intermittently for the first 24 hours following the procedure.
After 24 hours warm moist heat is preferred.


To prevent pain, take 1 tablet or capsule prescribed, or 2 ibuprofen tablets within 1 hour. This will allow
the medication to take effect before the local anesthetic wears off. Repeat this medication as directed on
your prescription bottle. An increase in pain relief may be obtained by taking 2 ibuprofen with your
prescribed medication.


Avoid rinsing the mouth VIGOROUSLY for the first 24 hours, and then rinse the mouth with warm salt
water, 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8oz of water, 3 times a day. Food debris and other accumulations may be
removed from the site of the surgery by GENTLE rinsing.


Continue eating as normal diet as possible. Avoid very hard foods as much as possible. Chew on the areas
away from the site of surgery. DAILY INTAKE OF FLUIDS , are a MUST. But DO NOT SUCK THROUGH A
STRAW FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS, this may dislodge the blood clot that is trying to form.


Avoid smoking for 3-5 days after the procedure. The nicotine in cigarettes causes poor blood and can
cause dry sockets.

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