Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

Extraction Post-Op Instructions

The initial healing period typically takes from one to two weeks, gum tissue takes about 3-4 weeks to heal and complete healing of the bone can take about 6-8 months depending on your care of this area.

Some discomfort, bleeding and swelling should be expected in the next 24 hours as your mouth heals. Following these simple instructions will normally be all that is needed. However, should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.


  • Pressure from a piece of gauze is usually sufficient to stop bleeding & help a clot to form in the socket.
  • Remove gauze after 20mins.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously for the next 4 hours as this may dislodge the clot.
  • Avoid biting your tongue, cheek or lips whilst they are numb. It may take up to 6 hours for complete sensation to return.



  • Alcohol & increased activity should be avoided for the next 24 hours as it may increase bleeding.
  • Smoking should be avoided for 72hours, as it can interfere with the healing process, promote bleeding, and can cause a very painful situation called “Dry Socket”.



  • Additional gauze packs will be provided to you. Should bleeding continue, apply pressure by biting firmly on the gauze for 15mins while resting.
  • If bleeding persists, please contact the surgery. After-hours advice & treatment may be directed to your local hospital.



  • Keep your teeth & mouth as clean as possible following the extraction.
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt rinses after every meal, making sure that the water reaches the extraction site.

(Mix 1/4 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt)

  • Pain should gradually improve after 3-4 days.

If pain worsens, please contact the surgery.



If you have any questions regarding these directions or you experience excessive bleeding or swelling, persistent and severe pain etc, please contact the surgery or seek medical advice a.s.a.p.

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