- CHANGE THE GAUZE in your mouth every half-hour if the bleeding persists. Some BLEEDING after tooth extraction is to be expected.
- Moisten and replace the gauze as needed. If the bleeding stops, you may leave the gauze out. The wounds may ooze overnight – this is normal.
- DO NOT RINSE, GARGLE, OR SPIT for the first 24 hours.
- Do not SMOKE or drink liquids through a straw for 24 hours.
- FOOD: A soft diet is advisable for the first 24 hours. Anything you can eat with a spoon is acceptable.
- If MEDICATION is prescribed, please take as directed. Do not add any other medication or take prescription drugs with alcohol.
- SWELLING may start after the tooth has been removed, but is no cause for alarm.
- You can minimize SWELLING by placing an ice pack to the side of your face: 15 minutes to each side every hour for the first 48 hours.
- The NEXT DAY rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water several times a day.
- After two days the swelling will stop. On the third day ;you may apply moist heat to the swollen areas to help your body absorb the swelling (warm wash cloth-not a heating pad), 2 or 3 times a day as needed.
- You may feel hard projections in the area of the extractions which will heal with time.
If you have unusual symptoms: prolonged pain, swelling, drainage; or pain on swallowing call Dr. Khoury's office at (707) 451-1311.