• For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on a gauze pad and cover the extraction site. If bleeding continues, apply new gauze and pressure for and additional 45 minutes.  Replace the pad every 30 mintues if it becomes soaked with blood.
     
  • After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 20 minutes. Remove for 10 minutes. Repeat.
     
  • If liquid collects in your mouth, let it drain out the side of your mouth.  Do not forcefully spit, this can disrupt the blood clot
     
  • Do not drink out of a straw.  This can also disrupt the blood clot
     
  • Some bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Please take your prescribed medication as directed
     
  • In cases where multiple teeth are extracted, a soft food diet for a few days is best to allow the site to heal and reduce the postoperative pain. 
     
  • The numbing medicine will last from 2-4 hours. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums during this time. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.
     
  • If you experience increasing pain 3-4 days after the extraction, please call our office. Usually this means a dry socket has occured, which means the blot clott has come out or not properly formed.  We will need to see you to go over the instructions to treat this condition.