Instructions Following Dental Extractions

The instructions given to you following a dental extraction must be followed exactly to allow for proper healing to take place and to prevent any complications from occurring.

It is very common for the saliva to be discolored with blood for up to 24 hours after an extraction, however, large amounts of blood in the mouth means the area is still bleeding. Bleeding can be effectively controlled by placing a piece of clean gauze over the empty tooth socket and then biting firmly on this gauze for 30 minutes, repeating this procedure until the bleeding stops. If bleeding persists, as a last resort, a person may substitute the gauze for a slightly moistened teabag. Tannic acid in the tea bag aids in the formation of a blood clot.

Avoid vigorous rinsing or drinking through a straw for 2 days after your tooth extraction to prevent disrupting the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site. Disruption of the newly formed blood clot may lead to the development of a "dry socket".

To minimize swelling, place an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel on the area for 10 minutes and remove it for at least 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle over the next 24 hours as much as possible.

A soft or liquid diet is recommended for the first 48 hours after your surgery. Avoid chewing over the extraction site. Slowly introduce more solid foods with time.

After 48 hours has passed you may gently rinse your mouth with a warm salt water rinses. Rinse 3-4 times a day (1 tsp salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water).

Continue with regular home care; however, avoid brushing around the extraction site while cleaning your teeth for the first 48 hours. It is important to resume your normal dental care routine after 48 hours as this will aid in the healing and keep your mouth fresh and clean.

If you have any concerns during the healing process please contact our office.