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CARE OF YOUR MOUTH AFTER AN EXTRACTION

  • Keep PRESSURE on gauze until the bleeding stops. If HEAVY bleeding continues for more than an hour, call us.

  • It is normal to find a little residual bleeding, even for a couple of days. To help stop oozing, you can take a tea bag, wet it, squeeze all the water out, place it over the extraction area and bite on it for 20 minutes.  The astringent in the tea will help stop the bleeding.

  • Avoid alcohol and hot liquids for 24 hours since these beverages may make the wound bleed more.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to eat soft, nutritious foods for the next few meals.
  • Reduce strenuous activity for 24 hours.
  • On the following day gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt in 8 ounces of water) after every meal for two to three days.
  • It is normal to experience some discomfort, and to notice a little swelling.
  • If you have received a prescription for pain medication or an antibiotic, please take the medication as directed.
  • If you have been provided with a plastic irrigation syringe, wait for ~2-3 days of initial healing before use to avoid dislodging the blood clot.  Gently flush the extraction socket and gum tissue with warm water as needed to prevent food entrapment in the healing site.
  • Do not smoke for a minimum of 24 hours, and more preferably for 48-72 hours.
  • Do not rinse vigorously for one week.
  • Do not drink through a straw for one week.

If you have prolonged / severe pain, bleeding, swelling, or any other concerns, please call the office for further instructions.

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