What to Do After A Tooth Extraction

After a tooth is pulled, we want to see the blood clot and the bleeding stop so you can begin to heal.  Biting on the gauze pad that we sent you out with for 30-45 minutes after the extraction helps us accomplish this.  If bleeding or oozing continues after you remove the gauze pad, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another thirty minutes. After the blood clot forms, it is important to protect it, especially for the next 3 days.

  • Smoke
  • Drink through a straw
  • Rinse your mouth vigorously by swishing
  • Don’t expectorate
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first 24 hours.
  • For the first 24 hours do not brush next to the extraction site, and remember not to expectorate excess toothpaste or swish vigorously. You may gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to promote healing and resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours.
  • Some swelling and soreness are normal. You may use an ice bag to minimize swelling for the first 2 days.
  • Use pain medication only as directed, call the office if it doesn’t seem to be working.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  • Drink lots of fluid and eat only soft nutritious foods on the day of the extraction.
  • Don’t use alcoholic beverages and avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Avoid grainy foods or seeds
  • Eat soft foods for the first 2 days: mashed potatoes, bananas, yogurt, pasta, eggs, etc

Post Op Instructions Video

Call us right away if you have heavy bleeding/continue to bleed after 24 hours, severe pain continued swelling after two or three days, or you have a reaction to the medication.