Instructions after Tooth Extraction

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If stitches are placed in area of your surgery, they need to be removed (in about 1 week).