Post-Procedure Care for Tooth Extractions

If you've recently had a tooth, or wisdom teeth, removed, there are a few things you should be aware of. The Dr. Mansbridge staff will explain this to you thoroughly as part of our standard dental treatment surgery procedures.

We do recognize that may you simply forget things, or misplace our instructions due to how overwhelming it can get. That’s why we’ve collected a few reminders for tooth extraction patients on this webpage.


Reminders and Advice for Out Patients

  • Avoid the Following Until Healing is Well-Established:
  • Spitting
  • Consuming Liquids Through a Straw
  • Excessive Activity
  • Touching the Surgical Area
  • Smoking
  • Drinking/Eating Hot Beverages/Soups
  • Drinking Ice-Cold Beverages
  • Do not rinse with mouthwash for 24 hours following surgery. The following day, mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water and stir until the salt is dissolved. Do this 4-5 times a day.
  • Bite on a thick gauze pad for half an hour or more when the surgical area bleeds or excretes fluids. If oozing persists until bedtime, sleep with your head elevated (recommended elevation: 2 pillows).
  • Discomfort is quite normal after surgery. If pain medication has been prescribed, take it as instructed.
  • Eat soft nutritious foods and consume normal amounts of fluids for the first 12 hours.
  • Be sure to increase water intake for IV-sedated patients.
  • 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 and 10 minutes off. This procedure should only be used for the first 12 hours after the extraction.

Contact Our Team for Support

Should any other problems arise, please contact us at (905) 662-6700. We are located in the Stoney Creek residential community in Hamilton, Ontario, just across from Eastgate Square. Our staff is ready to help you with any dental concerns you may have.