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Care of Your Mouth After Extractions

  1. Bite on cotton gauze for 1 hour
  2. Do not rinse mouth for 12 hours
  3. Keep fingers and tongue away from the socket's. It is necessary for the blood clot to remain intact in the socket for normal healing to occur.
  4. Bleeding. Some bleeding following extraction is normal. If there seems to be an unusual amount of bleeding following removal of gauze placed by the doctor, place another piece of gauze over the extraction and gently bite on it for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Avoid hot liquids. Do not take any Aspirin Based Pain Relievers. (Aleve, Advil, Tylenol O.K.)
  5. Swelling. As soon as possible place an ice bag or plastic bag of ice covered by a towel against the cheek for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes. Repeat for 1 hour to reduce swelling. Some swelling may occur but is no cause for alarm.
  6. Food. A light diet is advisable for the first 24 hours. (Mashed potatoes, Apple sauce, Ice cream are always good to start with.)
  7. Next 3 days rinse the mouth with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water 4 times a day.
  8. No Smoking for 3 to 10 Days.
  9. Do not drink from a straw for at least 10 full days. This can cause the clot in the extraction area to come out which could cause a dry socket.
  10. Bony Edges After teeth are extracted, the patient may feel hard projections in the mouth and think they are roots. These are the hard bony partitions which surround the root of the teeth. They will heal normally and are no cause for alarm.