It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following an extraction. If slightly heavier bleeding occurs:
- Place a piece of gauze over the extraction site.
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
- If the bleeding continues, call our office.
- Do not suck on area where the extraction occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
- Don't spit or rinse the extraction area on the day of the extraction.
- The day after your extraction, you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
- You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the extraction. Be careful of the extraction site.
You should start with liquids and very soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the extraction. If the area feels a little better, you can then move on to a normal diet. Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the extraction area.
Pain & Swelling:
It is normal to experience some degree of swelling.
If you do experience swelling, you can place ice over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This should help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first 36 hours.
If you feel discomfort, it is recommended that you take an Advil or Tylenol to ease the pain. If the pain persists, please contact our office.