After Tooth Extraction

Mild bleeding may occur the first 2 days after surgery. Extra gauze will be given to you at your surgery appointment; gentle biting on a piece of gauze for 30 minutes at a time is the best way to decrease the bleeding.

It is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, use straws, smoke, or drink alcohol. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and delay the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for 24 hours after surgery, as this may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may experience some swelling. An ice pack or a bag of frozen peas applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.

If you are prescribed antibiotics, take them for the indicated length of time. Maintain a soft diet as indicated by your surgeon.