Home Care Instructions

Your general dentist provides both broad and inclusive services, including:
  • fillings
  • extractions
  • crowns
  • dentures
  • children
The general dentist is the front line in many topics and procedures of modern dentistry. Through continuing education, the general dentist keeps current with evolving technologies and materials to provide the best patient care.

Post Extraction Home Care

  1. Rinsing: Do not rinse your mouth today.  Tomorrow, rinse your mouth gently, every three to four hours, especially after meals using one quarter teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.  Continue rinses for several days.
  2. Bleeding: Following extractions, some bleeding may occur and is to be expected.  If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the bleeding location and bite down to apply pressure for thirty minutes.  Repeat as necessary.
  3. Swelling: Use a small bag of ice cubes or crushed ice wrapped in a cloth.  Apply the ice in the cloth to the affected location for thirty minutes.  Remove ice for thirty minutes.  Repeat ice treatments off and on for four to five hours.
  4. Pain: For mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of medication such as ibuprofen.
  5. Food: A lighter diet is advisable during the first 24 hours after the extraction.
  6. Bony Edges: Small, sharp bone fragments may work their way through the gums during the healing process.  These are not roots.  If they are bothersome, please return the office for their removal.
  7. If any unusual symptoms occur, please call the office immediately.
  8. Proper home care after oral surgical procedures will hasten the recovery and prevent complications.