After Tooth Extraction

Home care is a very important part of treatment following Oral Surgery. The following instructions are recommended to keep you more comfortable and to shorten the healing period.


After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing.  Avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, or other actions which may dislodge the blood clot. 

Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack, a plastic bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously for the first 48 hours. 


No food or liquid should be taken for the first hour following surgery.  Avoid extremely hot liquid or food.  Eat soft nourishing foods for the first few days and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.


A certain amount of discomfort is to be expected.  This should be effectively relieved by using the prescribed or recommended pain medications.  On the day following surgery, begin rinsing gently 3-4 times daily with a warm salt water solution ( 1/4 teaspoon of salt in eight (8) ounces of warm water) or diluted mouth rinse.

Other Conditions

Stiffness of face muscles and difficulty in opening the mouth may occur. Heat applications and salt water rinses as directed above will relieve this condition.

Discoloration resembling a bruise may appear. This is due to sight hemorrhage into the tissues at the time of surgery. This should not cause alarm and will disappear in several days.


It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction from the medication, call our office immediately at Ridge Road Office Phone Number 316-722-0800.