After Tooth Extraction

Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth


After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Use the gauze provided changing every 30-45 minutes until the bleeding stops in a few hours.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not smoke, spit and use a straw for 3-5 days following your procedure. We do want you to start rinsing the day after surgery just no vigorous spitting after rinsing. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit exercising, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Over the counter pain medicine can be used for moderate pain. Use prescribed pain medication as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

You can can brush your teeth the following day just be careful around extraction sites. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, or a reaction to the medication, call our office at Rock Hill Office Phone Number (803) 324-1160.