Complex tooth extraction | post-treatment tips
It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.
Day of surgery
- Keep the compresses in your mouth for 20 minutes, applying firm pressure. Change the pads as needed.
- Keep your head elevated at all times.
- Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals for the first 24 hours (20 minutes of ice every hour).
- If excessive bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
- Bleeding and colored saliva are normal postoperative effects.
- Limit your physical activity. Rest.
- Don't dislodge the blood clot that has formed as it helps the healing process.
- Don't eat anything before the bleeding stops.
- Don't drink through a straw.
- Don't rinse your mouth or spit.
- Don't smoke or drink alcohol.
- Don't brush near the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
All of these instructions are to prevent the blood clot from falling out of the extraction site.
- During the first 72 hours you can take Advil or Motrin or any of the medication that
was prescribed to you. Avoid Aspirin.
- If you were prescribed antibiotics, continue to take them for the specified time period even
if the symptoms are gone.
- Eat only soft foods or lukewarm liquids the day of the extraction. Resume your normal
eating habits as soon as you are able.
The day after until full healing
- Rinse your mouth four times a day with a warm salt water solution (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).
- Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and ensure the best long term results. Don't brush near
the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
- There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
- You may have trouble opening your mouth or speaking. This should subside within four to five days.
- Most of the swelling will take place during the first 3 days and then begin to diminish. It is important not to feel heat on your cheek after the 3 days.
- If the pain increases after three days or your cheek feels hot, call our office.
You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. If you experience
heavy bleeding, pain, continued swelling for two to three days or a negative reaction to the
medication, call us at (450) 669-7421.