Post Extraction Instructions

1).  Bite on the gauze pack placed on extraction wound for half an hour. If excessive bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.

2).  The local anesthetic will cause you to be numb for several hours after you leave the office. Be very careful not to bite, chew, pinch, or scratch the numb area. Sometimes the extraction causes residual numbness or tingling for six weeks or longer.

3).  During the first 24 hours, an ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.

4).  DO NOT DISTURB THE AREA: For the next 24 hours, it is very important to allow your body to form a good clot and start the natural healing process. Swishing, sucking through a straw, and smoking can all dislodge the clot. Keep anything sharp from entering the wound (crunchy food, toothpicks, eating utensils). Be sure to chew on the opposite side for 24 hours.

5).  There may be small amounts of blood in the saliva. This is normal and may be noticed the rest of the day after the procedure.

6).  Smoking should be stopped following surgery. Healing is affected by the cigarette smoke chemicals in your body.

7).  Some discomfort is normal after surgery. To minimize pain, Take medication as prescribed.

8).  Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.

9).  Applying an ice bag to the face over the operated area will minimize swelling. Apply for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes. Continue this for the first day.

10). Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After this, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the area of surgery for 3 days.

11). After 24 hours begin gentle rinsing with a saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon soda + 8 ounces warm water).

12). Eat soft foods for the first two days. Maintain a good, balanced diet. Return to normal regular meals as soon as you are able after the first two days. Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol for 48 hours.

13).  After leaving the office, rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. Keeping blood pressure lower will reduce bleeding and aid healing.

14). Take medicines as prescribed at regular intervals.