CARE OF MOUTH AFTER EXTRACTION

Do not smoke for next three days.
Do not use straw when drinking.
Do not expectorate for one week.
Do not rinse mouth today. Starting tomorrow, rinse mouth gently every 3 or 4 hours (especially after meals) using one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinsing for several days.

Bleeding:

        Following extractions, some bleeding is expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for thirty minutes. Repeat if necessary.

Swelling:

        Some swelling may be noticed. Do not be alarmed by this normal reaction. Place an ice bag over the operated area, thirty minutes on and thirty minutes off for the next 4 to 5 hours.

Bony Edges:

        Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. They are not roots. If annoying, return to the office for their simple removal.

Pain:

        Some discomfort may be experienced following oral surgical procedures. For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspiring type of medication. Repeat as necessary.

Eating:

        Salty food is desirable. Avoid very hot, cold, spicy liquids. Avoid getting food particles into the empty space. If any food debris gets lodged into the socket, do not try to remove it by yourself. Just rinse gently a few times with warm salt water or do come to the office for a non-traumatic removal.