Advice following an extraction

On The Day of Treatment:

- Rest for a few hours.

- Strenuous exercise is best avoided for a few hours.

- Do not rinse the mouth for the rest of the day.

- Avoid smoking, hot fluid, alcohol or hard chewy foods. Choose cool drinks and minced or soft foods.

Should your wound start to bleed apply a small compress. This can be made from some cotton wool in a clean handkerchief. Place this on the bleeding point and bite firmly on it for 5-10 minutes longer if necessary.

Taking a pain relieving preparation such as paracetamol can relieve any discomfort or pain.

If prolonged bleeding or pain occurs contact your dentist.

On The Day After Treatment

It may be beneficial to use an antiseptic rinse recommended by your dentist or a warm saline mouth rinse to bathe the wound. This may be carried out after each meal until healing is complete. A saline rinse is made by dissolving a level teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. The solution should be held in the mouth for two to three minutes to bathe the wound and then discarded. Avoid over vigorous rinsing.