Post-operative instructions

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Day of surgery

Keep gauzes in the mouth for 30 minutes by maintaining a firm pressure and replace them every half-hour, as needed. Always keep your head elevated. Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes every hour). If you are bleeding, bite into a gauze or a humidified teabag for 20 minutes. Blood-tinged saliva is a normal postoperative effect. Limit your physical efforts and don’t forget to rest. Do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed in the tooth socket because it helps to heal. Do not rinse your mouth or spit. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol. Do not eat hard foods. Avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction site for the first 48 hours.


If you were prescribed antibiotics for this treatment, continue to take them for the specified time period, even if the symptoms go away.


Only eat soft foods or cold liquids on the day of the extraction. Resume your usual diet as soon as you are able to.

From the next day and until complete healing

Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water). Brush and floss every day to remove plaque and ensure better results in the long term. Avoid brushing near the extraction site for the first 48 hours. Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candies, ice). You may experience pronunciation difficulties and an increased amount of saliva. Everything should come back to normal within a week. Bruising may appear on the skin. It will disappear after five to seven days. You may have difficulty opening your mouth. It should come back to normal after four to five days.