1. Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any food or drinks until the numbness has completely worn off.
2. After an extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 2-3 hours or more. It is important to change the gauze pad every 30 minutes.
3. For 24 hours after the procedure, we ask that you DO NOT smoke, spit, use a straw or rinse your mouth vigorously. These activities can dislodge the clot (called Dry Socket) and slow down the healing.
4. You may have pain and swelling. To minimize swelling, put an ice bag on the outside of your face ( 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off). If you have discomfort, take pain medications as recommended.
5. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
6. Drink lots of fluid and eat only soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can begin eating normally as soon as it is comfortable.
7. After 24 hours, rinse 3 times a day with warm salt water. Continue to do this for 4-5 days.
8. Call us right away if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the meds.