Post-Op Instructions for Extractions

Post-Operative Instructions
Following Tooth Extraction and Bone Grafting

DO NOT smoke or use tobacco of any kind following surgery,
This WILL prolong healing.

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  • If you took a sedative prior to your appointment, DO NOT drive for the next 24 hours.
  • Antibiotic: It is important that you take this on time, and completely.
  • (Failure to do so may result in infection)
  • Mouth Rinse: 24 hours after surgery, gently rinse twice a day for 30 seconds. Between meals you can rinse with warm saltwater.
  • Pain Medication: Take your prescription immediately following dental surgery, then as prescribed for the first day.

You may take the pain medication as needed thereafter.


  • Do NOT eat anything solid or hot while you are still numb (you could bite or burn yourself).
  • Do NOT spit or suck for two days following surgery (No straws, mints, hard candies, popsicles, cigarettes)
  • Drink plenty of fluids (preferably cold drinks the day of surgery).
  • It is recommended that you eat a soft, nutritious diet for a few days following surgery.
  • (Pasta, eggs, fish, soup, yogurt, canned fruits, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, ice cream)
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods, and foods containing small seeds.
  • (Chips, apples, carrots, celery, lettuce, peanuts, popcorn, strawberries, hard meats)




  • Generally patients will describe an achiness, which will decrease each day following your procedure, although this can vary from person to person. Keep up with the pain medication as needed.
  • Some patients will have a slight headache due to TMJ (jaw joint) strain.


  • Typical bleeding last 4 to 6 hours.
  • It is NOT uncommon to experience oozing for up to 24 hours following surgery.
  • Remember, a small amount of saliva mixed with blood may lead you to believe that your bleeding is worse than it actually is.
  • Use the gauze pads as needed, generally changing it whenever it is too moist, until bleeding stops.
  • If there is uncontrollable bleeding that is not slowing, apply a cold moist tea bag wrapped in gauze to the affected area. This applies only to extraction sites. (There is tannic acid in tea which may help stop or slow bleeding)

Swelling or Bruising

  • Slight to moderate swelling is expected.
  • Typically the worse swelling occurs on the third day, and then will gradually decrease.
  • To help control the swelling, use a cold pack for 15 minute intervals (15 minutes on & 15 minutes off) until swelling has peaked.
  • If you are still experiencing swelling on the fourth day, you can use warm, moist compresses on the outside of your face.
  • Possible bruising is also expected, and may appear anywhere from the third to the fifth day.

Care of the Mouth

  • Do NOT brush or floss around the surgery site until after suture removal.
  • Do brush and floss normally in other areas of your mouth and use the prescribed rinse as instructed.


  • DO NOT vigorously exercise or exert yourself for 48 hours.
  • Do try to keep your head elevated while resting or sleeping for the first two days.
  • You should contact our office if you have…
    • Uncontrollable bleeding after the above measures have been taken.
    • Severe, uncontrollable pain.
    • Profuse swelling after 3 days that has only gotten worse or is not decreasing in size.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (817) 510-2960.


Please call if you have any questions or concerns.


After hours: 682-228-9088


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