After an extraction is performed it is normal to experience some soreness for a day or two following treatment. Carefully follow all instructions to achieve the best results and to speed healing.

DO NOT RINSE your mouth vigorously for 24 hours. It is important for the blood clot to form and protect it from dislodging.

KEEP FINGERS AND TONGUE away from the socket.

BLEEDING following a tooth extraction is to be expected. If unusually heavy, place a gauze pad firmly over the site of the extraction, and bite down or hold in place with pressure for 20 minutes.

SWELLING may start after a tooth has been removed, but is no cause for alarm. Use a plastic bag or towel filled with ice against the affected area for 5 minutes on and off for one hour.

LIGHT OR LIQUID DIET is suggested for 24 hours.

DO NOT SMOKE, SPIT, or DRINK WITH A STRAW for at least 24 hours.

NEXT DAY start rinsing mouth with 1 teaspoon salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water after meals. Repeat for the next 2 or 3 days.

BONY EDGES OR HARD PROJECTIONS may be felt in the mouth and mistaken for roots. This is usually the hard, bony partition that surrounds the roots of the teeth. These will generally break away or work themselves out over time.

If antibiotics are prescribed, take the full dosage and finish the medication even though symptoms have disappeared.

In the event of any unusual symptoms, CALL the office.