Extraction Post-OP Instructions


  • Leave gauze in place for at least 30 minutes
  • Do not chew on the gauze
  • There may be some bleeding after the gauze is removed, if so:
    • Fold a piece of provided sterile gauze enough to bite on, apply pressure by biting for 30min
    • Replace every 30 minutes as needed until heavy bleeding stops
    • IF heavy bleeding persists for >1hr, moisten a bag of tea with warm water and bite down on tea bag for 30 minutes
    • Do not smoke
    • Do not spit
    • Do not use a straw
    • Do not suck on the extraction site
  • Do not clean the tooth/teeth next to the extraction site or the extraction site for the rest of the day; brush and floss the other teeth as usual. Brush your tongue.
  • Do not use mouth wash for any reason for at least 1 week following the extraction
  • Gently rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day starting the next day with 8oz of warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in 8oz of warm water)
    • Gently tilt your head to rinse, lean over a sink and let the water dribble out; do not spit
  • Do not perform any strenuous activities or exercise for 48hrs
  • For pain or swelling, place an ice pack on your face alternating 10 minutes on and then 5 minutes off for 3-4 hours
  • Food/drink: Drink lots of fluids and eat soft nutritious foods; eat solid foods when you can chew comfortably
    • Suggestions: Yogurt without fruit on the bottom, protein shakes, apple sauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, foods that generally do not have grains/small particles
    • Avoid (for ~1 week): alcohol, hot liquids, and carbonated drinks; avoid spicy and acidic foods
  • Pain management
    • Take 3-4 tablets of 200mg over the counter ibuprofen every 8hrs (total of 600-800mg ibuprofen every 8hrs)
    • Wait 2 hours after taking the ibuprofen, take 1-2 Tylenol (325mg) over the counter as needed for pain; taking 1 extra strength of Tylenol (500mg) is an adequate alternative
  • For any questions or concerns, please call our office at 860-779-1053 or visit our website killinglydentalcare.com for more information

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