Following a minor tooth extraction, it is normal to feel discomfort and swelling.
Minor tooth extraction | post-treatment advice
Day of surgery
- Keep the cotton in your mouth for 20 minutes and bite down. Change the cotton when necessary.
- A light bleeding is normal. In case of excessive bleeding, bite on a damp tea bag for 20 minutes.
- If you lie down, keep your head elevated.
What to avoid for the first 24 hours
- Avoid rinsing your mouth, spitting and using mouthwash.
- Avoid drinking with a straw.
- Do not smoke.
- Follow a soft food diet; do not eat foods that are too hot or spicy.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity.
All of these instructions are to prevent the blood clot from falling out of the extraction site.
- For the first 72 hours, you can take Advil or Motrin or any of the medication that was prescribed to you.
- Avoid taking any Aspirin.
- The day after the surgery, rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution four times a day until healing is complete (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).
- If the pain increases after three days, call our office.
After a few days, you will begin to feel better and will be able to resume your daily activities. If you bleed a lot, feel a lot of pain or if you are swollen for more than 3 days, please call us at (450) 669-7421.