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After tooth extraction


  • Bite on a new gauze every 30 minutes. Make sure to apply pressure.

  • Put a towel over your pillow so you doesn't stain it there  is bleeding before sleeping.

  • Avoid doing strenuous work or exercise on the 1st day.

To avoid

  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 2 days.

  • Do not use a mouthwash with alcohol for 2 weeks.

  • Avoid rinsing, spitting and drinking through a straw on the 1st day to avoid dislodging the blood clot.


  • Do not eat foods that are too hot or spicy on the 1st day. (including coffees)

  • Avoid small seeds and broccoli that might get lodged in the socket. (extraction site)

  • Eating foods rich in protein and vitamin C is recommended.

  • Eat soft foods at the start if necessary.

To help

  • Brush your teeth well and floss.

  • Rinse with salt water after 48h for 1 or 2 weeks may speed healing and dislodge food in the socket (holes).


  • Take the antibiotics (penicillin, amoxicillin, clindamycin, zithromax) as directed for 7 or 10 days.

  • Do not stop taking antibiotics unless you develop an allergy (eg redness)

  • Take pain relievers and / or anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol) as needed.

  • If needed, take those with codeine (Empracet, Percocet, Percodan) as needed (do not drive because they can cause dizziness).

  • If your dentist prescribed Dexamethasone, remember to lower the dose as recommended. Sometimes swelling can occur after you finish the medication.

  • If your stomach cannot tolerate the medication, call your dentist.

  • Taking Aspirin may increase bleeding.


  • Apply ice to the side of the cheek for 20 min / hr on the day of surgery and the next day if your surgery required stitches.

  • During the days following surgery, you can apply warm compresses to relax the muscles.


  • The sutures will usually disolve after 2 weeks.

  • If the sutures come undone, you can remove them.

Dry socket

  • If severe pain occurs 24 to 48 hours after surgery, contact your dentist.

  • Smokers are more prone to dry socket.

In case of an emergency or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

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