Post Extraction Instructions
How to Stop Bleeding
- Bite firmly the gauze pack over the surgical area for at least 1/2 hour and discard it gently.
- Some blood will ooze from the area of surgery for several hours and it is normal.
- Do not spit, or suck through a straw, since this will promote bleeding.
- When bleeding persists at home, place a gauze pad or cold wet teabag over the area and bite firmly for 30 minutes.
- Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery because this will cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
Rinsing and Brushing
- Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for the first 12 hours after the surgical appointment. Then use warm salt water after brushing teeth and every 2 hours.
What and When to Eat
- Use a liquid or soft food high in protein.
- Avoid hot food for the first 24 hours after surgery because this may promote bleeding.
- Eat a soft diet for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- Avoid foods that require excessive chewing.
- Some discomfort and pain is normal after extraction, follow the pain killer regime prescribed.
Sutures or Stitches
- If stitches are placed in area of your surgery, they need to be removed (in about 1 week).