Do’s and don’ts after tooth extraction

Do’s and don’ts after tooth extraction

Dental surgery, like any other surgery, involves certain risks and can lead to complications such as infection. Although they are rare in the mouth, to avoid any mishaps, here are a few instructions to follow after your tooth extraction:

  • Apply pressure to the site with the cotton pad provided until bleeding stops.
  • Change the gauze every hour until the bleeding stops.
  • A progressive soft diet is recommended. Do not eat hot or spicy foods.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth in the area for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • After the first 24 h, rinsing the mouth with saline water (1 tsp. in 1 cup of water) may help clean the site. Do not spit!
  • It is recommended to take analgesics (Tylenol/Advil) before the local anaesthetic has worn off, and to take them as prescribed. Do not wait for pain.
  • Swelling and bruising may occur. It will peak in 48 hours. Apply a covered ice pack to the operated area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 48 hours.
  • Finally, rest!


  • Avoid any suction (drinking through a straw, smoking, spitting, whistling, etc.) ESPECIALLY during the first 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke for at least 7 days.
  • Avoid all physical activity following surgery, and reduce strenuous physical exertion for 5 to 7 days.

Having a tooth extracted can be frightening. However, our dentists are there for you throughout the process to make sure everything goes smoothly. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to talk to us.

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