Education | Extraction

Extraction Instructions

Slight oozing of the extraction socket(s) is to be expected for approximately 48 hours. If bleeding should occur, apply gauze that you were provided directly over the bleeding socket and bite down firmly for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, repeat with fresh gauze or bite on a moistened tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea will assist in controlling the bleeding.

Swelling is normal after all extractions, especially surgical extractions. The swelling will be present approximately 12 hours after the procedure and increase for 72 hours, then decrease in size. To help prevent swelling, apply ice for the first 24 hours. After the first 24 hours, apply heat (heating pad, hot water bottle, etc.). You also may experience mild bruising on your face near the surgical areas. This is normal and may last approximately 10 days. The areas may be blue or yellow in color.

Do not rinse, spit, or drink from a straw for 24 hours. After 24 hours you may resume normal hygiene practice with care taken in the surgical areas. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times per day after the first 24 hours.

Liquid diet is recommended for the first 12 hours. The diet may be advanced to soft foods such as soft vegetables, applesauce, soups, bananas, pudding, etc. after 12 hours and then advance to solid foods when tolerated by the patient.

Mild to moderate discomfort is expected following the removal of teeth. Take Tylenol or ibuprofen as directed on the label. This should keep you comfortable. Total relief of the discomfort takes a few days to occur. Do not take aspirin unless required by your cardiologist. Smoking is not recommended following extractions, especially after the first 72 hours. Chances of complications increase with smoking.

Having a missing tooth can lead to several problems including shifting teeth, malocclusion, difficulty chewing and TMJ problems. If you have had a tooth extracted be sure to have the space restored with an implant, fixed bridge, a removable partial or a denture to insure you maintain good long-term dental health.

If after the first few days discomfort begins to increase rather than decrease contact our office. If you were prescribed any antibiotics, take the antibiotics as directed and to completion. Notify our office if you have any symptoms that may be related to an allergic reaction. If you cannot reach Dr. Porterfield, contact the pharmacist where you prescription was filled. Our goal is to make your recovery as smooth as possible. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.