Capital Dental Care – Dental Clinic in Raleigh, NC

Post Oral Surgery Instructions

Now that your oral surgery is completed, follow these do’s and don’ts to make yourself more comfortable, prevent any possible complications and to promote healing.


The first 1/2 hour after:
Make sure the gauze is in place; keep pressure on it by biting down.

When you get home 30 minutes after l the extraction:
Wash your hands and replace the gauze. Repeat this step every 30 minutes until the gauze has minimal blood on it; then you will not need to place gauze on the site anymore.
A little bit of oozing is normal. If the gauze soaks in less than 15 minutes, simply wet a bag of dark tea, then Wrap a piece of gauze around it and place it on the extraction site while biting down.

First 24 hours:
Suck on ice chip since the cold liquid decrease the swelling and will minimize the bleeding.

Eat soft foods. Avoid chips, corn and grainy food to prevent it from becoming trap in surgical site.

 24 hours after extraction:
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm(not hot) water and rinse yom mouth with the solution
5- 6 times a day, try to keep the solution for 1 minute while turning yom head to left and right, do not swish the solution.
In case of swelling after 24 hours of surgery, apply a warm wet towel to your face.
If you feel something hard when you place your tongue on the surgical site, you may think it is part of the tooth, but it’s not. This is the hard, bony wall which originally supported the tooth.
Leave it alone and it will heal nicely.

Don’ts for 5 days:

  1. You do not want to dislodge the blood clot that has formed at the area of extraction because the blood clot helps you heal.
  2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 10 days.
  3. Do not drink carbonated drinks. (Juice, coffee and tea is fine).
  4. No smoking.
  5. No spitting.
  6. Do not use a straw.
  7. Do not use mouth wash that contains alcohol.
  8. No rinsing with peroxide.

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Capital Dental Care
Cosmetic & General Dentistry In Raleigh, NC

Capital Dental Care – Raleigh, NC

Dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina
4237 Louisburg Rd., Ste 110 Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 865-8300

Capital Dental Care – Blue Ridge – Raleigh

Dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina
3126 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 865-8300

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