Aftercare Instructions for Dental Extractions

  1. For Protection of blood clotmaintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or by biting on a tea bag which has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as needed.

  2. Do not rinse or use a mouth wash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz. of warm water) every 1-2 hours as recommended. (the use of commercial mouth washes during the healing period is not encouraged).

  3. Discomfortfollowing dental surgery is normal. Use Ibuprofen or Tylenol, or take prescribed medication as directed.

  4. Brushing may be done carefully in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. After 24 hours, you may gently brush the area with a soft toothbrush.

  5. Eating adequate food and fluid intake following general extractions is important. Eat soft meals, avoiding crunchy or sticky foods. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquid meal replacements or protein shakes. Good nutrition is important for prompt healing.

  6. Avoidspitting, drinking from a straw, alcohol and smoking. Do not unnecessarily touch or irritate the area. Avoid strenuous activity. 

  7. Sutures if used, will usually dissolve within a week; this eliminates the need to have them removed.

  8. Control swellingby gently applying ice packs to area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Continue this for the first 24 hours.

  9. Allergic reactions including generalization rash, itching, etc. warrant a call to a dentist immediately.

  10. For questions call 208-459-8522.


Failure to take proper aftercare steps could result in prolonged or excessive bleeding, delayed healing, severe pain, and even infection. If you experience any of those symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Depending on the size and location of the filling, you can expect sensitivity in the tooth that could last anywhere from a few hours to up to 6 months. There may be some pain or discomfort in the tooth from the procedure but it should subside over the next few days. Numbness from the anesthetic may last for a few hours after the procedure.


You may brush, floss, eat, and drink as normal; however, avoid eating and drinking hot liquids until the numbness from the local anesthetic wears off to prevent accidental bites or burns. If you experience bite or pressure pain, constant severe pain, or if your filling falls out, you should contact your dentist immediately.


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