Post-Dental Extraction Care Instructions

After undergoing dental extractions, it’s crucial to follow these guidelines for optimal healing:

  • Manage Bleeding: Apply pressure on the surgical area with a gauze pad and bite down until bleeding stops. Expect slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in saliva, which is normal.

  • Pain Management: Take prescribed pain medication as directed. Avoid driving or operating machinery if groggy from medication.

  • Antibiotics: Take prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.

  • Reduce Swelling: Apply a cold compress to the face near the extraction site for the first 36 hours. Afterward, use moist heat to reduce swelling.

  • Dietary Restrictions: Avoid straws, brushing, rinsing, smoking, hot/spicy foods, carbonated, and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours post-surgery. Stick to liquids and soft foods for the first few days.

  • Activity Restrictions: Rest on the day of surgery and resume normal activities gradually the following day.

  • Oral Hygiene: Rinse gently with warm salt water three times a day after the first day.

  • Suture Care: Follow up with the office for suture removal within one week post-surgery if necessary. Call the office for any questions or concerns about healing or suture type.

  • Supervise Children: Ensure children do not bite their tongue or lips after extractions to prevent injury.

Remember, if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding or swelling, or have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. In case of an emergency, call our office. For serious emergencies, dial 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.