Any surgical procedure in the mouth is followed by
some oozing, swelling and discomfort.
In order to avert complications, these instructions should be
followed unless different instructions have been given to you by the
The gauze pack in your mouth should remain in place with
slight biting pressure for 30 minutes after you leave the office.
If bleeding persists or starts again, cover the extraction
site with a new gauze or a moist tea bag and apply firm biting
pressure for 20-30 minutes.
If this does not control the bleeding, contact the office
To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag to the side of your
face as soon as you arrive home.
Apply cold for 20 minutes, then remove it for 10 minutes.
Continue this for only the first 4-6 hours after the
DO NOT RINSE your mouth the day of surgery.
Drink plenty of fluids but do not rinse.
DO NOT DRINK FROM A STRAW the day of surgery.
Rinsing or drinking from a straw can dislodge the blood clot
and interrupt the course of healing.
The morning after surgery, rinse the area gently with hot
salt water (1/2 tsp. per glass).
Repeat after meals for the next 3 days.
Discomfort should be expected.
Medication is prescribed to alleviate this.
Avoid hard, crunchy or brittle foods which may become trapped in the
extraction site. You may
prefer soft or liquid foods for your own comfort.
Please call us if you have any concerns.