The removal of a tooth is a surgical procedure. An incision must be made and bone be removed. Thus, swelling and discomfort, and limitation of jaw movement are to be expected.

  1. When you arrive home remove the gauze from your mouth and get something to eat. Eat a soft food diet for the next 24 hours (soup, scrambled eggs, pasta, pancakes, jello, applesauce, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, sherbet, water ice, fruit cocktail, etc). Return to normal diet after 24 hours because the chewing helps reduce stiffness and swelling.
  2. After you have eaten something, take any medications prescribed to you from this office as directed. For pain start with over the counter and if needed then move into the prescription strength pain reliever if one was ordered for you.
  3. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth vigorously with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. of salt in 80z. of warm water) especially after meals and at bedtime. Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours after surgery. Do not spit for 24 hours after surgery.
  4. Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery.
  5. Do not be alarmed by blood — tinged saliva. If you have bleeding, bite hard on a damp 2×2 gauze sponge for 30 minutes. Pressure is the best way to control bleeding. 
  6. Apply an ice pack to side(s) of your face where the surgery was performed. Do this for 24-48 hours.
  7. Keep your tongue away from surgical site.
  8. Do not use straws for 24 hours after surgery.
  9. Complications such as abnormal bleeding, pain, or swelling, please contact our office.