Immediately following your extraction

·        Bite firmly on gauze for 30 minutes, if bleeding continues replace with clean gauze or a wet tea bag and bite for another 30 minutes

·        Don’t spit or suck on a straw for at least 3 days

·        DON’T SMOKE or use tobacco for at least 72 hours, the sucking will dislodge the blood clot exposing bone which causes a painful reaction called dry socket, also the nicotine delays healing

·        Avoid hot/spicy foods and beverages as they may sting the extraction site

·        Don’t brush tonight, rinse with warm salt water in the morning and resume normal brushing and flossing the following night

·        If there was sinus involvement, do not blow your nose and avoid sneezing for three days.  Take a decongestant for 3 days to prevent further complications

To control discomfort

  • Take pain medication prescribed by the doctor before the anesthesia wears off
  • Use an ice bag on the area to prevent swelling


When to call us

  • Heavy or increased bleeding
  • Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond 2-3 days
  • A bad taste or odor in your mouth
  • A reaction to any medication prescribed