Tooth Extraction

It is important to not smoke for 72 hours after the tooth extraction and to not rinse your mouth the day of the tooth extraction.

The next day rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours, especially after meals.  Rinse with 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.  Continue rinses for several days.

What not to do

To help your extraction area heal it is important to maintain the integrity of the blood clot covering the extraction site.

  • Do not use straws, the suction they create can pull the blood clot free.
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity as the blood clot may become dislodged. You may return to regular activity as tolerated.
  • Do not use mouthwash for 3 to 4 days, some may contain alcohol that may disrupt the blood clot.


Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected.  If persistent bleeding occurs, place moist gauze or a moist tea bag over the extractoin site and bite down firmly for 10 to 20 minutes.


Ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the facial area over the extraction site for 20 to 30 minutes on and off for 4 to 5 hours.


In most cases the doctor will prescribe pain medication, use as directed.  Upon finishing the perscription, if you are still experiencing mild to average pain, use any aspirin-free type of medication (ibuprofen).


A soft diet is advisable during the first 72 hours.  You may return to your regular diet as tolerated.

Bony Edges

Small, sharp bony fragments may work through the gums during healing.  These are not roots.  Call and us and make an appointment for simple removal.

If any unusual symptoms occur, call our office at 916-415-1913.

The proper care following oral surgical procedures will assist in recovery and prevent complications.