701 State Road 60 East Lake Wales, Florida 33853 (863) 676-6021

Postoperative Instructions for Tooth Extraction – Lake Wales


  1. Following surgery keep gauze pads over the area with biting pressure for 1 hour.
  2. Some oozing of blood may persist on the first and second day following surgery. Placing sterile pads over the area and biting for a ½ hour at a time may control this.
  3. The day following surgery, rinse the mouth with warm saline rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt to a full glass of warm water) after meals and before bed.
  5. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and neck may follow some surgical procedures. This is normal and may persist 5-7 days. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack, 15 minutes on 15 minutes off, for the first 8 hours after surgery.
  6. In some cases, discoloration of the skin follows surgery. This is often normal, especially in individuals who bruise easily.
  7. If you experience nausea and vomiting following general anesthetic, sip ginger ale or cola and minimize activity. Symptoms usually subside after several hours.
  8. Numbness of the lips occasionally follows oral surgery. This is usually temporary and no cause for alarm.
  9. For discomfort, take the prescribed medication as directed.
  10. Drink plenty of liquids and take solid foods, as you are able. Avoid chewing in the area of surgery.
  11. Following the removal of teeth, you may feel projections, which can be mistaken for roots. This often represents bony edges. Return to the office for evaluation.
  12. Infrequently, jaw pain, earache, and a bad taste in the mouth may develop from 2-7 days following tooth extractions. This is the result the blood clot decomposing or being lost. If this occurs, return to the dental office for a medicated dressing.
  13. Sutures are normally resorbable and will be gone in 1-2 weeks. Occasionally you will return to the dental office for suture removal.
  14. Maintain normal oral hygiene being careful to avoid trauma to the operative site.
  15. Please notify the dnetal office of any unusual occurrences or if you should have any questions.