Try to take it easy for 24 hours and take as little exercise as you possibly can. If you keep hour head upright, it will help to reduce bleeding.
Can I eat and drink?
Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. It is easy to scald the mouth and chew cheeks while the anaesthesia effects are ongoing. Also, if you do rest, try to keep your head higher than usual with an extra pillow.
Should I rinse my mouth?
We understand it’s tempting, but try to lay off rinsing for 24 hours – it will help the socket heal quicker.
Avoid alcohol, eat sensibly
For at least 24 hours after the tooth extraction leave off the alcohol as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat as usual, but avoid piping hot foods and don’t chew on the extraction site.
When should I brush my teeth?
Keep on cleaning. It’s just as important – if not more so – to keep your teeth clean after an extraction, but be careful and avoid the tender extraction site.
What do I do if it bleeds?
It is normal for there to be some bleeding for a day or two and a small quantity of blood mixed with a more significant amount of saliva can look more dramatic than it is.
If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse, but apply pressure to the socket for 15 minutes using a folded piece of clean cotton material such as a handkerchief. If bleeding continues contact the surgery.
I need a cigarette?
We recommend that you avoid smoking cigarettes for as long as possible after an extraction – at least for the rest of the day.
Dealing with pain
All surgery sites are tender, and tooth extraction areas are no exception. Take whatever you would normally for a headache, but not aspirin. Do not exceed the recommended prescribed dose.
If pain persists
Sometimes the socket can become infected and will be very painful. In these cases it’s important you see one of our dentists, who may place a dressing inside of the socket and arrange for a follow-up appointment.