Extraction: Postoperative Instructions

If these instructions are not followed, the extraction site may not heal properly and the time needed for proper healing will be increased.

  • Keep your mouth closed firmly on the gauze for 30 minutes. At that time, remove the gauze.
  • Do not change the gauze unless instructed to do so by the dentist.
  • Do not spit, rinse, or smoke for 24 hours.
  • Do not drink through a straw for 24 hours.
  • It would be a good idea not to brush near the extraction site for a day or two.
  • When you brush and floss the area, be gentle!
  • For 24 hours after the extraction, try to chew food away from the extraction site.
  • Some slight swelling in the area is to be expected, especially if the extraction was difficult. An ice pack may be placed on the area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off until the swelling goes down.
  • If sutures are placed, return to our office in 7-10 days to have them removed. Be sure to reserve your time BEFORE leaving the office.
  • If medication has been prescribed for possible post-extraction discomfort, take it as directed.
  • If an antibiotic has been prescribed, please take all of the medication as prescribed until it is gone.
  • If prescription medication has NOT been given, you may take your usual over-the-counter pain reliever, as directed.
  • Return in 1 week so the dentist can evaluate the healing of the extraction site.

Please notify us if: 

  • There is extended bleeding from the extraction site. Slight bleeding for several hours is normal.
  • Anything other than slight swelling occurs.
  • Discomfort continues for more than 24 hours, especially if it is not relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers.

Thank you.

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