Extraction Post-Operative Care: Instructions for Home Care

1. Bite on gauze for 30 minutes to stop any bleeding. If bleeding continues, place another gauze and continue to apply pressure.

2. For at least 24 hours, do not:

     • Rinse with water or mouthwash

     • Smoke

     • Drink throught a straw

     • Drink alcohol, carbonated beverages, or hot liquids

     • Blow your nose

     • Spit excessively

     Any of these things may cause the blood clot over the surgery to dislodge, causing a “dry socket” and resulting in unnecessary pain.

3. Do maintain a soft diet for the remainder of the day – things like warm soup, ice cream, jello, pudding etc.

4. If your pain, discomfort, or bleeding continues or worsens, call the office for a re-examination.

5. If you were given medications, take them according to the instructions.  If you have pain medications at home, you may take them
    according to the instructions.

6. Tomorrow morning, start rinsing gently with warm salt water ( ¼ teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of warm water) every four  hours for two days
    or use prescription mouthwash if recommended by the doctor.

7. If any problems or questions do arise, please feel free to call the office at (610) 814-6277 or you can page
    him after hours at 1-800-761-8242.