Post-Operative Care


Please follow these simple instructions to aid in your healing and comfort after your extraction.

  1. Bite down with moderate pressure on your cotton gauze for one hour following your extraction. This allows the area to start clotting, and thus healing.
  2. Occasional bleeding from the extraction site is a normal part of the healing process. This will occur for several days following the procedure. If the area does begin moderate bleeding, fold a piece of the sterile gauze into a small square and bite on it with moderate pressure for 10-15 minutes. This should stop the bleeding.
  3. The extraction site will not completely clot for 24 hours. During this time it is important to avoid the following activities: no smoking, drinking through a straw, rinsing or spitting. Any of these activities could dislodge the clot and could result in a painful condition called “Dry Socket”. Dry Socket can be identified by a bad taste, foul odor and increasing pain from the extraction area. It takes 2-3 days for Dry Socket to begin.
  4. After 24 hours have passed, rinse the extraction area frequently with warm salt water. This is the single best way to keep the area clean and promote healing.
  5. Applying ice to the side of your face where the extraction has occurred, is an excellent way to lessen pain for the first 24-48 hours for more difficult extractions.
  6. Take the pain medication that has been prescribed by your doctor as directed on the prescription label.