Oral Surgery Greater Houston TX, Oral Surgeons Logo

Surgical Instructions

After Tooth Extraction

  • After tooth extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.
  • Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment.
  • If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.
  • You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

  • After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot.
  • Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.
  • These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.
  • Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

  • After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling.
  • An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed.
  • The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

  • Use pain medication as directed.
  • Call our office if the medication doesn't seem to be working.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction.
  • You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

  • It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours.
  • This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day.
  • This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

  • After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities.
  • If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 713-944-0864.