The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure, but you will need to rest after the surgery.  A friend or family member should accompany you to your procedure as you will need to be drive home.  You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery.  Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will want to change it when it becomes soaked.  If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call our office.  Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat.  this could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down.  We will prescribe you medication, so if you become sore, take it as directed.  You can also use and ice pack for the pain.  Depending on the situation, we might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods fr a few days after your surgery.  Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and other food you can eat without chewing

Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth.  Doing so creates a suction and can not only disrupt the sutures, but also dislodge the blood clot that has formed, causing additional bleeding and slowing the healing process.  The same goes for smoking.  If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or do not feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.