- DO NOT rinse mouth, spit, drink from a straw, and smoke for at least 48-72 hours.
- Keep fingers and tongue away socket.
- Bleeding: Some bleeding following tooth extractions is to be expected. If unusual, place sterile gauze pad firmly over the place of exaction and bite down or hold in place with pressure for 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary. AVOID hot liquids.
- Swelling: Use ice bag or towel wrung out of ice water against cheek for 15 minutes. Repeat half hour later. Swelling may start after tooth has been removed, but is no cause for alarm.
- Food: A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. For example, soft foods, warm soup, and jello.
- Next Day: Rinse mouth with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
- Bony Edges: After teeth are extracted, the patient may feel hard projections in the mouth and they think they are roots. This is usually the hard bony partition which surrounds the roots of the teeth. These generally break away or work themselves out.
- For Surgical Exactions: It is important to return at least once for post-operative treatment and examination.