post extraction aftercare

post extraction advice guide

  • Always remember that a clean mouth heals more rapidly than a neglected one.
  • Do not take alcoholic stimulants.
  • Rest for a few hours but do NOT lie down.
  • Sleep with head raised above the height of the body.
  • Do not be alarmed if small fragments of bone are felt because these are the edge of the socket and will be absorbed and disappear.
  • Some discomfort after extractions is normal and its’ intensity varies from person to person. We recommend that you take a dose of anti-inflammatory pain killers within one hour of the procedure and expect continue these for the following 48 – 72 hours. Do not exceed the stated dose. If the pain is severe, consult us.
  • On the day after the extraction, a warm saline mouthwash may be used to gently bathe the wound. Take a level teaspoon of salt and add it to a glass of warm water. This may be carried out after each meal until healing is complete.

if excessive bleeding occurs

  • Avoid all exertion
  • Do not use facial packs or rinse mouth
  • If there has been more than one extraction, clean the mouth with tissues and see which part of the mouth is bleeding.
  • Use the sterile gauze provided (or some damp cotton wool if you run out) to make a small compress, place on the bleeding point, sit up and bite on it, DO NOT LIE DOWN. Maintain this position for 10-15 minutes and repeat treatment if necessary.
  • Consult the surgery if excessive bleeding occurs for more than a few hours.

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