Post Op for Extractions
Mo, Tu, Th (8AM - 5PM)
Wed (7:30AM - 3PM)
Fri (8AM - Noon)
(320) 693-8131

We understand that having a tooth extracted can be very stressful, so we just want to follow up with a few suggestions to help make your recovery more comfortable.

  • Bite on wet gauze, and change every 20-30 minutes. Make sure that the gauze is directly over the extracted area. If you feel that the gauze is soaked with saliva or blood you can change it more often.  You can stop using the guaze, where the tooth used to be, is a light pink and everything has weeped onto the gauze. If bleeding persists for more than 1 hour with strong pressure applied, you can bite on a wet tea bag to stop the bleeding.
  • Rinsing out mouth, spitting, sucking on a straw  for 24-48 hours.
  • No cigarrettes for 2 or 3 days.
  • Stay away from hot foods while you are still numb. Maintain a soft diet for 48 hours after your extraction. Avoid sharp foods like chips and crackers; stay away from peanuts and popcorn for the next 24-48 hours.
  • Start cleaning the area with toothbrush today, be very careful.
  • Place a towel over your pillow when you go to sleep, if you drool there will be blood in your saliva.
  • You will see blood in your saliva for the next couple of days but that is normal.
  • Starting the day after extraction gently rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon in 8 ounces of warm water) after each meal and at bedtime to soothe your gums.
  • Apply an ice pack at 20 minute increments to reduce swelling. After 48 hours you can place warm packs.
  • For pain relief use OTC(Ibuprofen/Tylenol) medications that you would use for a headache. If you are able to take ibuprofen, you can safely take up to 800mg every 6-8hours.
  • A small percentage of patients with recently extracted teeth will experience dry sockets. If you are seeing improvements and 3-4 days after your extraction you begin to experience tooth-ache type pain in that area, please call our office at (320)693-8131. You may have a dry socket and simple medication placed in the socket can offer relief.

You should be fully recovered in a few days, but if you experience abnormal pain or if something seems wrong, please call the office.