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Post Extraction Information


  • Avoid cycling or excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.
  • Do not drink anything alcoholic for the first 24 hours and avoid smoking.
  • Take any pain-killing tablets as advised by your dentist. Follow any instructions regarding dosage carefully.
  • After six hours rinse your mouth gently with a warm salt solution (level teaspoon of salt to a cup of water) and continue after meals and before bed for seven days, or as advised by your dentist.
  • You may feel the sharp edge of a socket with your tongue and occasionally small fragments of bone may work their way out. This is normal.
  • Try not to disturb the socket with your tongue, by eating food on that side, or by vigorous rinsing. This will delay the healing process.

If excessive bleeding occurs:

  • Use some clean linen or gauze about 1½" (4cm) wide to make a roll of 1" (2.5cm) thick, thus forming a firm pad, or use a clean handkerchief. Make a few such pads if necessary.
  • Keep sitting up and clear the mouth of loose blood clots with a clean linen square or tissue so that you can find where the socket is bleeding. This is important.
  • Place the pad across the bleeding socket from the tongue to the cheek side. If the socket is between two standing teeth constrict the pad to fit.
  • Bite firmly to compress the pad on the bleeding socket for 10-15 minutes. Avoid lying down.
  • Inspect the socket and replace the pad, or use another one, if bleeding still appears from the socket.
  • If your efforts are unsuccessful after an hour or two contact your dentist.
  • It is not unusual to experience swelling or discomfort for a few days. However, if pain, swelling or bleeding persists, contact the dentist… … but remember, if excessive bleeding does occur it is important to avoid exercise, drinking alcohol or disturbing the socket.