After Extraction Care

  • Continue biting on gauze when leaving the clinic; please dispose of thoughtfully after 30 minutes.

If bleeding persists, continue to bite on new gauze or clean handkerchief placed over socket for a further 30 minutes

  • Do not suck on socket or through a straw, put fingers in mouth, rinse mouth vigorously or spit for rest of the day.
  • Be careful not to bite the area that is numb, including the lip, tongue and cheek
  • You may eat and drink after removing gauze. Hot substances and alcohol should be avoided
  • Do not smoke for at least 24 hours
  • Vigorous activity (heavy lifting, exercising/sport) should be avoided for the rest of the day

It is normal to have pain; this should be controlled with over-the-counter paracetamol. Do not take Aspirin or Disprin.

It is important to keep the mouth clean following an extraction. Tooth brushing can commence the following day, being careful around the extraction site. Starting the day AFTER your extraction: Dissolve a few teaspoons of salt in some warm water and rinse gently, to keep the socket free from food and debris

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE PAIN FOR THE NEXT 2-3 DAYS BUT IF PAIN GETS WORSE PLEASE CONTACT THE CLINIC.

The dental clinic is open weekdays 9:00am – 6:00pm for any extraction complications. For out of hour emergencies, please seek help from the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.

 

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