post-op instructions – tooth extraction

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Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.

Protection of blood clot: Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or by biting on a teabag that has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for one to two hours. Repeat as often as needed.

Do not rinse: or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz. of warm water) after every meal. (The use of commercial mouth washed during the healing period is not commended.)


Discomfort: Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication had been given or prescribed, take it as instructed.

Toothbrush: Brush your teeth but avoid brushing the surgical area.

Eating: Eating adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extraction is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquids such as ensure, instant breakfast, ETC.

Things to avoid:

  • Avoid excessive activity.
  • Don’t pick at the surgical area.
  • Refrain from smoking & alcoholic beverages until healing is well established (no smoking for at least 72 hours, increases the chance of dry socket and doesn’t allow healing).

Sutures: If used, do not fail to return for their removal 7-10 days after the surgery.

Control of swelling: Gently apply icepacks to the area for a period of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This procedure should continue for the day of the surgery only.

Allergic reactions: For generalized rash, itching, etc., call the dentist immediately

Do not hesitate to call if any questions arise. In case of an EMERGENCY, call 916-422-3991.


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