Extraction Postoperative Instructions
- Bite firmly on gauze for 30-45 minutes, remove it gently.
- DO NOT SMOKE for at least 12 hours. Smoking interferes with healing and may cause dry a socket.
- Some blood will ooze from the area of surgery and is normal.
- Do not spit or suck fluids through a straw.
- Keep your tongue and fingers away from the extraction site.
- If bleeding begins again, place a small damp gauze pack or tea bag directly over the tooth socket and bite firmly for 30 minutes.
- Some discomfort is normal after surgery. It can be controlled but not eliminated by taking medication that may have been prescribed.
- It is important to stay hydrated.
- Soft food such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day.
- Rinse gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. warm water) 3 times a day for 3 days.
- Apply ice on cheek in the area of surgery for the first 12 hours helps control the swelling and may help the area to be more comfortable. If you are using an ice pack, keep it on for 20 minutes then off for 20 minutes for the first hour.
- After surgery, you may experience jaw muscle stiffness and limited opening of your mouth. This is normal and will improve in 5-10 days.
- Bone fragments are common. These fragments typically work themselves out; however, if it is causing you pain call.