Home Care After Extractions


Please bite firmly on the gauze continuously for 30 minutes. If you are still bleeding after the first 30 minutes you will need to replace the gauze with a new one and bite down for another 30 minutes.


For the first 24 hours please do not spit. Spitting may disrupt the clot that is trying to form and could cause a dry socket. You may brush your teeth regularly, but again, do not spit, just let the water flow out of the mouth. After the first 24 hours you may rinse with a ½ teaspoon of salt and warm water.


Do not smoke for 48 hours after the extraction. The smoke inhalation will interfere with the healing will also disrupt the clot possibly causing a dry socket.


Eat only soft foods and liquids for the first 24 hours. Avoid hot foods and hot liquids. Please do not drink through a straw as it will interfere with the clot that is trying to form for healing.


Swelling may occur after surgical procedures or extractions. It will most likely not occur until up to 2 days after the procedure. You may use an ice pack on the swollen areas. Apply ice for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.


Many times the doctor will place a suture at the extraction area. If so there are two types: One will dissolve by itself and push itself out in about a week. You do not have to come back to get that removed. If the other is placed, you will have to come back in 7 to 10 days to get it removed by the doctor. Please do not try and remove it on your own.


If you were given a prescription for discomfort, take the first pill before the anesthesia wears off. Take it as instructed. Most pain medications do cause stomach upset so try to take it with milk or a small snack. If you did not receive a prescription you may take over the counter medication (ibuprofen, advil, etc.).


If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call 203-746-1200