Tooth extraction Post Operative Instructions

  1. Keep firm pressure on the site with the gauze for at least 30 minutes. Some slight bleeding may occur. If excessive bleeding occurs, place a moistened tea bag on the site with firm pressure for 20 minutes. If it persists, call the office
  2. No rinsing or spitting the first 24 hours.
  3. Brush and floss all teeth, avoiding the extraction site for 2-3 days.
  4. Keep up a good diet with plenty of liquids.  Do not use straws. Avoid hard foods like chips, nuts, and popcorn.
  5. Take all medications as prescribed.
  6. Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours.
  7. A cold pack applied on and off the first 24-48 hours will minimize swelling.
  8. If a bone graft was placed you should avoid the site for up to six weeks.  An antibacterial rinse may be given to use twice daily.