Tooth Extraction Aftercare


If you have had a tooth extraction please follow the below advice to help to socket heal quickly and to reduce the chance of any post extraction infections.

  • Do not eat until anesthetic has worn off

  • Avoid very hot drinks or food for the remainder of the day

  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours

  • Avoid smoking for 24 hours

  • Do not rinse your mouth at all for the first 24 hours, as this may disturb the blood clot in the socket.

  • Do not prod or poke the blood clot with your finger or tongue as this may disturb the clot and cause bleeding

  • If the socket does bleed, sit upright in a chair and use one of the packs provide or a clean cloth or handkerchief (do not use paper) and bite firmly or squeeze firmly down on the socket. Continue this pressure for 15 minutes

  • After 24 hours rinse the socket with warm salty water 2-3 times a day until the socket has healed. This will prevent food debris from trapping in the socket and help aid healing