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After Tooth Extractions Care
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

What should I do the same day of the extractions? Do not rinse your mouth. Do not use a straw, spit, or smoke. Some bleeding is to be expected following extractions. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze over bleeding and bite down firmly for one-half hour, repeat if necessary and contact your dentist if bleeding continues.


What should I do the same day of the extractions?

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Do not use a straw, spit, or smoke.
  • Some bleeding is to be expected following extractions. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze over bleeding and bite down firmly for one-half hour, repeat if necessary and contact your dentist if bleeding continues.
  • Ice bags to be placed over affected area if instructed by the dentist. In most cases an ice bag or a cold moist cloth should periodically be applied to operate area for the first 6 hours only after the extractions.
  • Light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
  • Take the medication that your dentist prescribed on time.


What should you do the next day of the extractions?

  • Rinse your mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
  • Brush, floss your teeth and keep proper oral hygiene.
  • Small sharp bone fragments may work their way up through the gum during healing; these are not roots. If you feel discomfort, return to your dentist for evaluation.
  • If any unusual symptoms occur, call your dentist at once. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will quicken recovery and prevent complications.
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