Dental Post-Op Instructions

Information Following a Tooth Extraction

  1. Bleeding – After an extraction, a wet gauze is placed over the extraction site to prevent excessive bleeding and to promote the healing blood clot. Keep pressure on it for 30-45 minutes and replace with fresh gauze if bleeding continues. Slight bleeding is normal for up to 2 days following the extraction. Avoid activities that could apply a suction action to the blood clot, such as smoking or sucking through a straw.
  2. Rinsing – Do not rinse your mouth today. Tomorrow you can rinse your mouth gently with a glass of warm water mixed with a ½ teaspoon of salt. You can do this every 3-4 hours a day, especially after meals.
  3. Swelling – Following an extraction, some swelling and skin bruising may occur.
    A cold moist cloth or an ice bag applied to the cheek will keep it to a minimum. Place the cloth or ice bag on affected area for about 15-20 minutes every hour for the next 6 hours.
  4. Medications – If non-aspirin pain medication does not relieve the discomfort, a stronger medication can be prescribed. Be sure to use all medications as directed.
  5. Food – A light diet with plenty of fluids is recommended the first day. Avoid chewing near or on the extraction site
  6. Oral Hygiene – Continue brushing and flossing being gentle near the extraction site.
  7. Bone Chips – During healing you may notice small bony fragments working their way through the gums. We can easily remove them if they become uncomfortable.

Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns at (513) 248-8848.