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Post-Op Instructions

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After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form so the bleeding will stop and the area can begin to heal. Please bite on a gauze for 45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists, insert another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to
do this several times.

  • Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from the surgical area.
  • Use ice packs on the surgical side for a minimum of 4 hours. Limiting the swelling will lower the discomfort level.
  • For discomfort take 600mg of ibuprofen every 3–4 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids without using a straw.
  • Do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery!
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least 3–4 days after surgery.
  • If the muscles of the jaw become stiff use warm, moist heat to the outside of your face over the spots that are stiff.
  • After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the area.
  • Your diet should consist of soft foods for 5 days. If you have to chew it, then it’s not soft enough.
  • If you have any issues or concerns, please contact us.

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