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Care of the Mouth After Extraction

For the first 24 hours:

Do not rinse mouth today. Tomorrow, rinse mouth gently every three to four hours, especially after meals using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.

Bleeding . Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. When you leave the office, continue to bite down on moist gauze pads for at least 1 to 4 hours after you have left the office. Change the pads every 30 - 45 minutes depending on bleeding. If persistent bleeding occurs, don't hesitate to call Dr. Huang.

Swelling . An ice bag of chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to operate area. Apply cold for 20 minutes, then off for 10 minutes, for the first 5 hours. Some swelling is to be expected and is normal. If you experience abnormal swelling, please contact the office.

Pain . For mild to average pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like i.e. Tylenol. If a pain medication has been prescribed for you, please take it according to prescribed directions.

Diet . NO ALCHOLOIC beverages for 24 hours after surgery. Avoid hard crisp foods such as chips. You may prefer soft or liquid foods for your comfort. Examples of soft foods are spaghetti, scrambled eggs, custards, Jell-o, baked potatoes, soup. Do not use straws for liquids, drink directly from glass.

Bony Edges . Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots. If annoying, return to the office for their simple removal.

If any unusual symptoms occur, call our office immediately.

The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.