Your initial healing period after having a tooth or teeth extracted will be about one to two weeks. You will experience some swelling and discomfort for the first 48 hours.
We recommend that you:
- Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours.
- Do not touch the surgical site with your fingers or tongue.
- Use ice packs as needed for the first 48 hours (20 minutes on and 10 minutes off).
- Use all prescribed medications as directed and mild pain relievers to manage discomfort as needed.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated but do not suck on straws.
- Limit vigorous exercise for three to four days.
- Use warm, moist heat on the outside of your face for any stiff muscles.
- Gently rinse using a warm saltwater rinse every four hours and following meals (½ tsp. salt in an 8 oz. glass of water).
- Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods. Gradually resume a normal diet as you heal. Avoid foods that could become stuck in your teeth.
Please be aware that some bleeding is expected after your procedure, and you may see slight bleeding or redness in your saliva for up to 48 hours. This is normal and should stop, but if it continues or bleeding becomes heavy, please contact our office. Please also do not accept advice from friends. If you have questions or concerns, or are experiencing discomfort or pain, contact our office to speak with our oral surgeons or a member of our team.