Extraction Post Operative Care Instructions

 The day of extraction

  • Keep the mouth pack in place over the extraction site for 20 minutes, biting down with  firm pressure
  • If bleeding occurs after this time, change the mouth pack and apply firm pressure  for a further 20 minutes
  • Sucking or excessive spitting will prolong bleeding
  • Keep your head elevated and avoid vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours
  • Do not rinse on the day of extraction
  • No smoking or alcohol for 7 days


The second day and thereafter

  • Commence your usual oral hygiene as soon as possible
  • Rinse the mouth for 3-4 days with warm salt water (add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water)


Possible Complications

  • You may experience bruising, swelling, prolonged bleeding and infection.
  • If you are experiencing an escalation of pain 1-2 days after the extraction this may be occuring due to a dry socket.

Rare Complications

  • Water coming through one nostril.


Patients on blood thinners

  • You will require an adult carer to monitor you for 24 hours post extraction.
  • We will call you on the next business day to check how you are recovering.
  • If you are unable to control the bleeding, you may need to attend hospital.
  • Ring 000 if you become concerned.

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