Do not disturb the surgical area with tongue of fingers. Doing so could cause irritation and bleeding

Refrain from drinking alcohol or carbonated beverages for 4 days.

Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco for at least 4 days. Smoking is the #1 cause of healing problems including dry sockets.

Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours. After the initial 24 hours rinse gently with warm salt water (one tsp. 8oz of water). Do not neglect your normal oral hygiene during this period. A clean mouth heals faster and is more comfortable.

When you leave the office, you will have a pad of gauze over the surgical area. Keep firm pressure on the pad and change it every 30 minutes or so for the next 2-3 hours. In some case slight oozing may persist for 1-2 days.

If the bleeding is excessive, bite on a moist tea bag for 15-30 minutes. If the bleeding continues call the office for further instructions.

To minimize swelling, place an ice pack over the outside of the surgical area. Alternate 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, only during the first 24 hours. Holding ice water gently in your mouth may make the area feel better.

During the healing period maintain a good well-rounded diet. Good nutrition is essential to promote proper healing.

Eating ice cream or drinking milkshakes would make that extraction area feel much better.

If you have any questions, please call our office.