Instructions Following Extraction

  1. Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face for the first 6-8 hours. Leave it on 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes.
  2. Do not rinse mouth for 24 hrs. following extraction.
  3. 24 hours after surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt to glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily.
  4. Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.
  5. Bleeding - Change gauze every 45 mins.-1 hr for 3-4 hrs. following surgery. Do not sleep with gauze in your mouth.
  6. If you smoke, DO NOT DO SO FOR 24 HRS.
  7. Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
  8. SWELLING & STIFFNESS - it is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or ice bag for 15 minutes of each hour as needed.
  9. DIET - A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink plenty of fluids.
  10. Return to office if undue symptoms develop.

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