Home care after having a tooth extraction.


Sometimes Extraction of a tooth is un-avoidable. In this blog post we want to share with you what we recommend to all our patients about the healing process.

Right after the surgery:

  • Bite on the gauze for at least 30 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
  • Take the pain killers that have been prescribed by your dentist right after the surgery otherwise as soon as the local anaesthetic wears away pain will start. Pain is usually not bad but we would still recommend taking pain killers.
  • Do not spit out or suck on a straw this will make the bleeding worse by sucking motion .
  • Do not smoke.
  • Restrict your activities right after dental surgery and resume your daily activities after you feel better.
  • Ice chips or ice pack on the side of the face where extraction took place can help avoid or reduce the swelling.
  • Avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen and proceed with Panadol.
  • Do not rinse your mouth too often or touch the area of extraction, touching and pocking the area increases the bleeding.
  • Do not rinse for the first 24 hours after extraction.
  • After the first 24 hours rinse your mouth with warm salt water ,every 3 hours for 3 days to avoid any food particles lodging in the area of extraction.
  • Depending on how hard and complicated the surgery was there can be swelling of the face on the side of extraction. Swelling is most common around the area of the extraction, face, cheek etc. Swelling can happen even after 3-4 days post operatively.As mentioned before applying ice chips or ice pack over the surgical side will help minimise the swelling. Application of ice pack shall be right after surgery otherwise applying it more than 24 hours after the surgery has no benefit to you. You can apply the pack for 30 minutes and then let it rest for another half hour. Repeat the procedure for 3 rounds.
  • Slight oozing or bleeding after the surgery is to be expected, by applying pressure with the gauze we placed in you can control the amount of bleeding.Biting on a gauze pad for 30 minutes should stop the bleeding but if bleeding still not stopped after 4 hours , use a dampened tea bag and place directly on the extraction site.There is tannic acid in the tea bag that will help the bleeding to stop. If non of the above helps contact Gorgeous Smiles Dentistry right away.
  • Dry socket syndrome : Can happen 3-4 days after the surgery which causes throbbing pain on the extraction site. if this happens do not worry as it is a common occurrence but return to Gorgeous Smiles Dentistry so the dentist can irrigate the wound with disinfectant material and place a sooting dressing on the extractions site. This shall repeat every two days until the pain is fully gone.
  • If Antibiotics have been prescribed for you please take them as directed, do mention to your dentist if you have any allergies in advance (eg. Penicillin Allergy). Rest and have minimum activity. If you are currently on birth controls they might be inactivated by antibiotics.
  • If there has been sutured placed on the extraction site, please book in and come back in 7 -10 days to have them removed.
  • Pain is most following the surgery and subsides the day after, thus we recommend take your prescribed pain killers before the numbness wears off to avoid any pain, take it easy and rest at least the first day after surgery. Do not take painkillers with empty stomach. *
  • You can brush the night of the surgery but please spit out gently.
  • Avoid anything hot, hot food or drink or shower that can agitate the extraction site and cause more bleeding.
  • Try to avoid hard , hot or crunchy food and only take soft food for the first 24 hours.

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