Tooth extraction

To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest following the recommendations outlined below. However, it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after surgery.

On the day of the surgery

  • Apply firm pressure on the compresses and keep them in your mouth for about an hour or two. Change the compresses every 10 -15minutes, as needed
  • Keep your head upright at all times
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes an hour)
  • In case of bleeding, bite down on some gauze or a slightly dampened tea bag for about 20 minutes
  • Many patients experience bleeding and notice a reddish tint in their saliva
  • Limit physical activities

Avoid:

  • Removing the blood clot – it helps speed up the healing process
  • Eating before the bleeding stops
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Rinsing your mouth or spitting
  • Drinking alcohol or smoking
  • Eating foods that are difficult to chew
  • Brushing your teeth near the extraction area within the first 72 hours of the surgery

Pain

Take the medication prescribed to you, as needed. Also, take the antibiotics for the entire duration prescribed, even if you no longer feel any symptoms.

Suggested foods

On the day of the extraction, only eat soft foods and drink warm beverages. Once you feel better, you can eat and drink as you normally would.

Starting the day after the surgery up until you’re fully healed

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or ½ tsp. of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water) the day after your surgery
  • Brush and floss your teeth every day to remove plaque and to ensure better long-term results. Avoid brushing near the extraction area within the first 72 hours of the surgery
  • Avoid eating hard food (nuts, candy, ice)
  • You may experience difficulty pronouncing certain words or your saliva may be thicker than usual. Things will go back to normal in about a week
  • Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth for up to five days following the extraction
  • If the pain gets worse after three days, call us right away

Don’t worry! After a few days, you’ll surely feel better and will be able to resume your normal activities. Should you experience pain, excessive bleeding or swelling lasting two or three days, or if you have a reaction to the medication prescribed to you, call us right away at 450-562-0266.