Bite on the gauze pad for at least 15 minutes. Do not spit out, or chew the gauze. Reduce your activity for several hours after extraction. This helps reduce bleeding and permits the formation of a clot in the tooth socket which is necessary for healing.
Keep fingers and tongue away from the tooth socket or operative side. Do not rinse mouth for 8 hours.
Cool or lukewarm liquids may be taken for the first 4 to 6 hours following return home. After which any soft food is permissible. Do not use a straw for drinking for 48 hours.
One or two tablets such as those available for headache or mild pain may be taken for relief.
Gentle salt water mouth rinses are advisable, particularly after meals, commencing the following day, provided no bleeding is evident. (1/2 tsp. salt in a glass of warm water.)
Swelling is to be expected in certain cases, often reaching its maximum in about 48 hours then disappearing spontaneously in a further two or three days.
A bruising of the skin occasionally occurs and disappears spontaneously in approximately a week. It is of no importance and no treatment is indicated.
It is normal for the saliva to be lightly streaked with blood for about one day. If definite bleeding is present, do the following: place gauze pads or tea bag over bleeding area and bite down firmly for 1/2 hour. Repeat if necessary.
Smoking Should be Avoided for At Least 48 Hours
Smoking will delay overall healing time.
See our emergency information if in doubt regarding instructions or your condition.
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