Extractions - Post-Treatment Instructions
After a tooth extraction:
- Don’t smoke for at least a couple days after surgery.
- Don’t drink hot or acidic beverages that may dissolve the blood clot, such as coffee, soda, or juice for the first couple days.
- Avoid injury to the mouth during recovery.
- Avoid consuming food that may get stuck in the site, such as nuts, seeds, or gum.
- Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
- When lying down, prop your head with pillows will help with decrease swelling.
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.
- Don’t suck on a straw or spoon for 2-3 days after surgery. This will suction out the clot.
- Avoid blowing on nose for 2-3 days if upper back teeth are extracted to prevent sinus damage.
- Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad and replaced the gauze before they become soaked with blood. Otherwise leave the gauze in for 30 minutes to ensure blood clotting.
- Apply an ice pack or a frozen pea bag wrapped with a cheesecloth on the face of the extraction site for 10 minutes. Repeat several times within 24 hours. This will help with decreased swelling.
- Starting the next day, swish your mouth out with warm salt water (1 tsp salt in 8 oz water). This will help with healing due to the antibacterial effect of the saltwater.
- Take pain medication as prescribed by the doctor.
- You can resume moderate exercise after 1 week and strenuous exercise after 2 weeks.