Dentist Birmingham Extraction Instructions
  • After you have left the office, DO NOT do any of the following things for 24 hours: spit, drink through a straw, use anything with alcohol in it, rinse, smoke, be around smokers, or eat crunchy/spicy foods.
  • Keep the pressure gauze firmly over the operative site for at least 1 hour. After an hour, take your prescribed pain medication with water, then replace the gauze for an additonal hour.
  • Be sure to keep your mouth clean by brushing daily. If  brushing is too painful, use a cloth to clean your mouth.
  • After 24 hours have passed, begin rinsing your mouth with warm saline water (salt water) up to four(4) times a day. This will promote healing.
  • Ice packs may be used for the first 24 hours. Hot packs may be used anytime AFTER 24 hours.
  • If it is more comfortable for you, eat soft foods or adopt a liquid diet while your mouth heals. DO NOT STOP TAKING IN NOURISHMENT.

 

  • You will experience some pain until the area heals. Continue either your prescribed medication or your OTC medication for at least 72 hours to help with any discomfort.
  • Swelling and stiffness are natural reactions the body has to surgery in the oral cavity. If the swelling and stiffness are accompanied with pain, come in to the office as soon as possible. Opening exercises  can help overcome stiffness.
  • The area will bleed for a while, this is normal. Just be sure to bite on the guaze tightly and do not exert yourself for a while (4 - 8 hours). Once you begin spitting (after 24 hours) you may see a slight tinge of blood mixed with your saliva, this is normal.
  • Quite infrequently, a numb sensation will follow surgery of the oral cavity. It is usually temporary and a normal feeling will return after a while.
  • All healing depends on the individual person. There is no set amount of time healing will be complete for anyone. Generally, you can expect at least 2 weeks of discomfort.