Following an Extraction

An extraction is a surgical wound and it is important to follow these instructions. For questions or concerns following an extraction, please contact our practice. For medical assistance outside of our clinic hours, please contact your local hospital emergency department. It is important to take care of your mouth following an extraction.


  1. Bite firmly on the gauze, which is over the wound for 10 minutes and then throw it away. (Discard wisely)
  2. Do not disturb the blood clot by sucking or putting your fingers in your mouth. Do not rinse your mouth for at least 6 -8 hours after the extraction.
  3. You may eat and drink after the removal of the gauze, but hot substances and alcohol should be avoided and smoking discontinued for at least 24 – 48 hours.
  4. Vigorous activity should be avoided for the remainder of the day.
  5. The day after the extraction, a mouthwash of salt and water may be used gently, particularly after meals (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of luke warm water).
  6. Be careful not to bite numbed cheek, lip or tongue. Particulary, children.
  7. If bleeding is severe outside of our clinic hours, obtain aid at your nearest hospital emergency department.
  8. Take some painkillers such as Panadeine or Neurofen as required for pain control. Do not take Aspirin or Disprin as this will prolong bleeding.
  9. With upper teeth extraction, due to the proximity of the back teeth to the sinus, please take extra care. Do not blow your nose or lift heavy objects off the floor for 24 hours.