Out Patient Care - Dental Extractions

Dental Extractions

If you've recently had a tooth, or wisdom teeth removed, there are a few things you should be aware of. Dr. Mansbridge and his staff will explain this to you thoroughly is his East Hamilton office, but sometimes with so much going on, you simply forget things, or you misplace our instructions.

Avoid the following until healing is well established:

  • Spitting
  • Consuming liquids through a straw
  • Excessive activity
  • Touching surgical area
  • Smoking
  • Drinking hot beverages, or extremely hot soup
  • Drinking ice cold beverages

Tooth Extraction Care

Do not rise with mouthwash for 24 hours following surgery. The following day, rinse with warm water and salt (1 teaspoon of salt to a small glass of water). Do this 4-5 times a day.

Bite on a thick gauze pad for half an hour or more. If oozing persists until bedtime, sleep with your head elevated (2 pillows).

Discomfort is quite normal after surgery. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.

Eat soft nutritious foods and consume minimal amounts of fluids for the first 12 hours. After 12 hours a normal amount of fluid intake is allowed.

Stick to room temperature foods as too hot or too cold foods can be painful to freshly removed pockets where teeth have been extracted.

Brushing your teeth is strongly advised, but be careful to avoid the area where the surgery was done. A clean mouth will heal much faster.

Use ice packs to control the swelling if suggested. Gently apply ice packs to the area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This procedure should only continue for the first 12 hours.

Should any other problems arise, please contact us at 905-662-6700. We are located in Stoney Creek, just across from Eastgate Square in Hamilton Ontario, and our priority is to help you with any dental concerns you may have.


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