Post-Op Extraction Instructions - Highlands Dental
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Post-Op Extraction Instructions

Post-Op Extraction Instructions

After the extraction a blood clot will form in the socket were the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.

If the socket does start to bleed after you have left Highlands Dental, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down, the bleeding will normally stop within a few minutes. Again, do not disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding persists please contact us for further advice on  02 4862 5888

Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic. Please take care not to bite your cheek, tongue, or burn your mouth on hot liquids. Avoid smoking and alcohol for 24 hours as these can affect the healing process.

You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, taking a household painkiller (paracetamol or ibuprofen) will help, please follow the manufactures instructions. Don’t take Aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed.

After the removal of your tooth/teeth, please follow these instructions:

  • A small amount of bleeding is normal. If the wound begins to bleed, apply gauze as supplied on the bleeding point and bite firmly on it for 5-10 minutes.
  • After 24 hours, use warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water) to rinse after eating or 2-3 times a day.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise or excessive alcohol for 24 hours as these can cause bleeding.
  • Don’t smoke for 24 hours as this can cause infection and delay the healing process.
  • Applying a cold compress to the area will help reduce swelling and aid healing. Apply at 20 minute intervals.
  • Maintain fluid intake and proceed with a soft food diet until eating is comfortable.
  • Avoid hot food and drinks for 24 hours.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the surgery during working hours on 02 4862 5888.

If it is outside our working hours or on weekends, please contact the local hospital on (02) 4861 0200 or go to the emergency department on Bowral Street.