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Home Treatment Following Dental Extraction: 

After the extraction a blood clot will form in the socket where the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.


Avoid Smoking and Alcohol for 48 hours as these can have an effect on the healing process. If you simply must have a cigarette, then use the corner of a clean handkerchief or a piece of surgical gauze to firmly cover the socket.


Keep gauze swab in place, with pressure for 1/2 hour after leaving surgery to enable the initial formation of a good blood clot.


If the socket does start to bleed after you have left the dental practice, place a clean piece of gauze or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down, the bleeding will normally
stop within a few minutes. Again do NOT disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding does persist please contact your surgery for further advice.


Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue or burn your mouth if drinking hot liquids.


You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, taking a household painkiller will help, following the manufactures instructions.


If you have had a surgical procedure, use an ice pack (to reduce swelling) for the next 4 hours (20mins on - 20mins off.)


Rest or sleep with your head raised and take particular care to keep food and drink away from the area of extraction for the next 3 days.


If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate tocontact our practice.

Post Operative Instructions