Falls Dental Group
Drs. Thomson, Zimmet, Dongre and Thoong DDS
Comprehensive Dental Care

Post-op for Extractions

Bleeding: Bleeding or "oozing" for the first 12 to 24 hours is normal and to be expected.   Place damp gauze over extraction sites and maintain pressure by biting for at least 20 minutes. Replace gauze every 20 minutes until most of the bleeding has stopped . Keep head elevated and rest. Do not suck or spit excessively.

Note: Some oozing and discoloration of saliva is normal. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze with a clean folded gauze placed over the extraction site, and maintain the pressure until the bleeding stops.

Rinsing: 24 hours after the surgery, rinse with warm saltwater  two to three  times per day for 3-4 days.

SwellingThis is normal following a surgical procedure in the mouth. It should reach its' maximum in two to three days, and should begin to diminish by the fifth post-operative day.
Place ice or cold compresses on the region of surgery for ten minutes every half-hour for the first eight to twelve hours.

Note: Ice bags or cold compresses should be used ONLY ON THE DAY  of surgery.

Avoid smoking during the healing period for at least 48 hours OR YOU WILL GET A  DRY SOCKET.

Begin taking pain medication immediately after surgery as directed. The medicine will require 45 minutes to one hour to take effect.

A nutritious liquid or soft diet may be necessary for the first couple days after the surgery. A fluid intake of at least two quarts of water a day is needed. NO sucking thru straws or “slurping” soup or noodles as this may remove the blood clot needed for proper healing of the extraction site. 

Physical Activity
For the first 24 to 48 hours, you should REST. Patients who have sedation should refrain from driving an automobile or from engaging in any task requiring alertness for the next 24 hours.

The Days AFTER Surgery:

  • Brush teeth carefully.
  • Use WARM SALT WATER (or prescription mouth rinse) as a mouth rinse, 2-3 times per day.
  • If ANTIBIOTICS are prescribed, be SURE to take ALL that have been prescribed, AS DIRECTED.
  • Use WARM, MOIST HEAT on face for swelling. Continue until the swelling subsides. A warm, wet washcloth or heating pad will suffice.
  • If SUTURES were used, return to the office in five to seven days for removal.
  • DRY SOCKET is a delayed healing response, which may occur during the second to fourth post-operative day. It is associated with a throbbing pain on the side of the face, which may seem to be directed up toward the ear. In mild cases, simply increasing the pain medication can control the symptoms. If this is unsuccessful, please call our office.


  • Bleeding is excessive and cannot be controlled.
  • Discomfort is poorly controlled.
  • Swelling is excessive, spreading or continuing to enlarge after 48 hours.
  • Allergic reactions to medications occur which are causing a generalized rash or swelling of the throat, tongue, lips or face

CONTACT EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES OR CALL 911 if patient has lost consciousness.