Teeth Extraction Care After Treatment


Post- op instructions After Tooth Extractions

Congratulations, you have overcome the fear of extractions!  The mind over matter has been completed.  We are proud of you and what you have accomplished.  You should be proud of yourself!  We know that that was not easy and want you to recover at home with ease.  If the extraction was difficult, then a prescription has been provided.  If you take the medications as prescribed it will help the recovery period.

When you leave here today you will have gauze in your mouth.  It is recommended that you leave it for one hour.  It will prevent your cheek and tongue from playing with the extraction site, giving it time to begin the healing process.  After one hour you can take the gauze out, you should not need to put anymore in.  Extra gauze has been provided just in case you eat or drink something that causes it to bleed again.  Just fold it up and bite down on the gauze for 20 mins. That should be enough to stop the bleeding.  If after a few attempts it is not, make sure you call our office.  We are here to help you!

We recommend that you have no suction in your mouth for 48 hours.  That means no rinsing or spitting.  No drinking through straws or SMOKING.  Any of these can cause suction and pull the blood clot out of the socket that is healing.  If the socket is disrupted during the healing process, dry socket can occur.  This is a very painful process.  We strongly recommend that if you are a smoker and need to have a smoke, it is not recommended.  Make sure that you have gauze over the socket and have your teeth tightly together and smoke that way.  But REALLY IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO SMOKE.  If you brush your teeth tonight and or tomorrow we want you to do so, just make sure that you do not spit at the end.  Lean over the sink and add water to your toothbrush to allow the water to just fall out of your mouth.  DO NOT SPIT!   

There may be stitches in your mouth.  They are self dissolving stitches and will come out on their own, so DON’T play with them.  We will have a post –op appointment with the hygienist to ensure proper healing in a week’s time.  This will provide you with a piece of mind on the healing process. 

We strongly suggest that you stick to a soft food diet over the next few days.  Nothing too hot, spicy, or sharp, like Doritos. Examples: mashed potatoes, yogurt, apple sauce, ice cream, jello, pudding, soup. We do not recommend RICE, there can be little bits that are hard to fully chew and may get lodged inside the socket.  

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call our office.


Lakefront Family Dental Team