Extractions Aftercare

Following your extraction(s), it is recommended that you:

  • Avoid very hot foods or drinks for a few hours.
  • If you smoke, try and avoid for a few days. It is more common for smokers to experience complications with socket healing.
  • Avoid rinsing of the area for 24 hours, this will help keep the fragile blood clot in place.
  • After 24 hours, bathe the area of extraction with hot salty water 3 – 4 times a day until healed. (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water)
  • Keep your other teeth as clean as possible.
  • Avoid excessive exercise, heavy work or the lifting of heavy loads for 24 – 48 hours.
  • Avoid eating on the side of your mouth where the tooth was removed.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods for the next few days.
  • Restrict your diet to liquid and semi-liquid foods for 24 hours if your extraction was prolonged or difficult.

If the area begins to bleed after leaving the dental surgery, use the gauze pack provided: place it onto the socket and apply pressure by biting your teeth together and leave for 20 – 30 minutes. Sit down and rest, wait for the bleeding to stop & the blood clot to reform.

If bleeding persists, contact the dental practice.

Most extractions are trouble free, however if you experience pain after the numbness wears off: take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen & rest.

Avoid painkillers that contain aspirin as this thins the blood.

If the pain worsens or continues after painkillers, contact the dental practice for advice.

If you have any problems or need more advice, please contact the dental practice:

Tel. 0208 647 1081