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During  first 24 hours

When to call

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you experience any of the following: 

  • Heavy or increased bleeding 

  • Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two or three days 

  • A bad taste or odor in your mouth 

  • A reaction to the medication 

It is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed up the healing process. To avoid the pain of dry socket: 

  • Bite on a gauze firmly for 20-30 minutes. Some oozing of blood is normal. However, after 1 hour, if oozing of blood is still profuse, repeat with a clean gauze. 

  • Do not spit & do not suck on candies or through a straw 

  • Do not rinse your mouth and do not brush or floss next to the site

  • Do not smoke. Avoid tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows the healing process. 

  • Do not drink hot, carbonated or alcoholic drinks. 

  • Limit yourself to calm activities. 

Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the successful healing of your tooth extraction 

After first 24 hours

  • To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off.

  • To keep swelling to a minimum, use an ice bag over the are for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

  • When the numbness has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids and eat only soft foods, chewing on the opposite side. 

  • Further reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth very gently with warm salt water. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Rinse 2-3 times a day for the week following the extraction.  

Download and print our post-op instructions 

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