After an Extraction

After an extraction, avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off as you may burn or scald your mouth and not realise until later. Similarly take care if eating not to bite your tongue or cheek.

Take a painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen as required unless you have an allergy. Do not take anything containing aspirin as it thins the blood and may cause bleeding.

Do not smoke for at least three days as this will affect clot formation. Smoking can lead to a condition known as "dry socket" which is an infection of the socket and is very painful.

Do not rinse your mouth for the rest of the day as this may disturb the clot. After the first day, rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day for four days.

Avoid hard or chewy foods. Avoid playing with the wound. Should bleeding occur, sit upright and bite on a small pad of gauze, which we will provide after the extraction.

If excessive bleeding occurs or you experience undue pain, contact the practice on 01202 601640.