Extraction aftercare instructions

Local anaesthesia may take several hours to wear off so it is important to avoid eating or drinking any hot foodstuffs whilst you are numb.

Twenty-four hours after the procedure rinse with half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water 5-6 times per day, for 5 days. Rinse very gently to avoid disturbing the site and help keep it clean.

It is normal to have some swelling, bruising, bleeding and discomfort in the gum or soft tissues for the first week after your procedure and this can be treated with an ordinary painkiller.


In the case of bleeding, fold the gauze provided and bite firmly on it for 20 minutes. Do not disturb the pad during this time and keep your head elevated.



You can reduce possible swelling by keeping your head elevated above the chest level for 24 hours after the surgery. Ibuprofen is a known anti-inflammatory and if you can take this medication it can help reduce swelling.


  • Keep your head elevated thought the day.
  • When sleeping position your head higher than the rest of your body
  • Attend follow up visits as instructed


  • Do not exercise on the day after surgery
  • Avoid hot drinks, alcohol, smoking, hard or chewy foods. Choose cool drinks and soft or minced foods. Avoid sucking at or interfering with the wound.
  • Do not suck anything through a straw, blow up balloons or play wind instruments for 3 days as this encourages bleeding
  • While sleeping, avoid resting your head on the side where surgery has taken place
  • If you have had sedation for the procedure, it is imperative that you do not drive, operate machinery or sign any legal documents for 24 hours.

When to call your dentist

  • You have persistent swelling or throbbing pain several days after extraction
  • If you continue to experience bleeding
  • If you still feel numb 6 hours after surgery
  • If you have any symptoms or questions not covered in your post-operative instructions