The Day of the Extraction(s):
- Continue biting, with pressure, on the packing that has been placed in your mouth. Avoid opening and closing your mouth when talking as long as the pack is placed in your mouth. The packing can be removed after 2 hours, unless otherwise instructed. It is normal to have some bleeding continue after the packing is removed. If you feel it is necessary, pack the area with tea bag for additional 2 hours.
- Take it easy, no vigorous activity.
- Eat or drink whatever you like, however, if it is something you would normally have hot, let it cool down to room temperature.
- No smoking or alcohol for 48 hours after the extraction
- If pain medication has been prescribed, take it as directed. If no pain medication has been prescribed, you may take whatever you ordinarily take for a headache. In no circumstances should you take more medication than indicated in the directions accompanying the medication.
- If antibiotics have been prescribed, they are to be taken as directed until all of the pills are gone.
The Days Following the Extraction(s):
- Rinse your mouth with hot salt water. Do this a minimum of three to five times a day (morning, night and after meals). If the area is very sore, rinse every half an hour.
- Take pain medication if required.
- If antibiotics have been prescribed, continue taking them as directed.
- Instructions for warm salt water rinses: Stir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of tap water that warm. Rinse very vigorously with some of the warm salt water until it cools off, spit it out and repeat until you have rinsed for about 5 minutes.