What to Do Afer an Extraction
Healing following oral surgery is usually fast and uncomplicated if you follow the directions below:
- Bite on gauze for 30 minutes after the surgery to encourage the bleeding to clot. Replace the gauze with new water-moistened gauze for another 30 minutes if fresh, red blood is present. If bleeding continues after this time, bite on a teabag for 30 minutes. If you are still bleeding, please contact our office.
- Do not drink or eat hot foods today, as you may dissolve or loosen the blood clot. Eat cool, soft, nutritious foods today.
- Do not "suck" on the wound site for the next few days. This includes using straws and smoking. You may disturb the blood clot, causing bleeding, slow healing, and/or bone pain often called a "dry socket."
- Do not eat hard foods for a few days in the part of your mouth where the surgery was accomplished. You could disturb the healing.
- Do not overexert yourself during the next 24 hours.
- If pain persists after several days, please contact us for instructions.
Diet Advice Following an Extraction
- Ice Cream (No nuts or small candy pieces)
- Milk Shakes (DO NOT USE A STRAW)
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Fruit Juices
- Very Lukewarm Beverages
- Ensure Nutritional Drink
- Carnation Instant Breakfast
Remember: Law of gravity - everything goes down. You may experience food getting trapped in the sockets. On the 2nd day after the extractions, you may start rinsing your mouth gently with warm saltwater (8 oz. glass of warm water with 1 tablespoon of salt). If you should have any questions or problems, please contact our office at any time.