• PROTECTION OF BLOOD CLOTS- maintains gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area for at least 1 hour. Replace gauze as necessary every 30 minutes until the oozing stops. Do not suck on the extraction site. A slight amount of blood may leak at the extraction site until a blood clot forms. However, if heavy bleeding continues, call our office. (Remember though, that a lot of saliva and a little blood can look like a lot of bleeding).
    • DO NOT RINSE- avoid the use of a mouthwash for 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of water) every 3 to 4 hours very gently. The use of commercial mouth wash during the healing period is not recommended. Do not drink through a straw for 24 hours.
  • PAIN- following surgery it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.
  • SWELLING- following some surgical procedures it is normal to exhibit swelling, discoloration and limited opening of the mouth. If instructed to do so, apply ice compresses on the face overlying the area of surgery, for at least the first 4 hours. Keep the ice compresses on one-half hour then ten minutes off.
  • EATING- adequate food and fluid intake following surgery is most important. A liquid or soft diet is recommended for the first 48 hours.
  • AVOID- strenuous activity for 24 hours after the extraction. Do not pick at the surgical area, and avoid alcoholic beverages until you are no longer taking medication.
  • NO- smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages 48 hours after the surgery.
  • IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY CALL: 860-651-3781

After Surgery; For 3 days after your surgery, do NOT spit, smoke, rinse hard, drink through a straw, create a “sucking” action in your mouth, use a commercial mouthwash, drink carbonated soda, or use an oral irrigating device. Doing any of these can disrupt clotting the healing process and open the incision.