Care Instructions After Extractions

Care Instructions

  • Bite on gauze applying pressure to extraction site.  Do not chew on gauze.  Change gauze every 30 minutes until bleeding stops.  Do not sleep with gauze in mouth.  If bleeding starts again, place gauze or warm (not hot) tea bag over bleeding site and bite down with firm pressure for 1 hour.  Keep head elevated with a pillow.

  • DO not spit.  Spitting will cause excess bleeding and extraction area needs to clot to help with the healing process.

  • Brush remaining teeth but do not rinse/spit forcefully or use mouthwash for 24 hours.

  • Absolutely no smoking for 48 hours (longer if you can).   Smoking can cause a painful condition called dry socket.  Healing is delayed in patients who are smokers.

  • No alcoholic beverages for 48 hours or while on pain medications.

  • Drink liquids and eat soft foods at room temperature (or cold) for the first 24 hours.  Do not drink through a straw.

  • After 24 hours, you may resume brushing and rinsing as usual.  Rinse with 8 oz of salt water (8 oz of water and 1 teaspoon of table salt) after each meal up to 6 times daily to keep extraction site free of food and debris.  Avoid chips, crackers, etc…they can get stuck in extraction site causing discomfort.

  • Black and blue marks/bruises can occur after surgery.  Ice packs can be used to help minimize swelling.   Apply to outside of face for 20 minutes and remove for 10 minutes, re-applied as needed for remainder of the day.


If pain increases after 48 hours period or any abnormal reaction occurs, please call our office at 401-295-1992.  Our service gives emergency number for after hour calls. 

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