Care of the Mouth After Extraction
- DO NOT RINSE, SPIT OR SMOKE FOR 24 HOURS. Tomorrow you may rinse your mouth gently every three to four hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.
- BLEEDING. Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
- SWELLING. An ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the operated area – one-half hour on and one-half hour off for four to five hours.
- PAIN. For mild to average pain, use any nonaspirin-type of medication you like.
- FOOD. Light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Do not use a straw and do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold.
- BONY EDGES. Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if they are annoying, return to this office for their simple removal.
- If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once. If it is after hours, please refer to the emergency numbers listed on the "Care of Mouth after Extraction" instructional given to you.
- The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.