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Advice after extraction


The following steps will prevent bleeding and relieve soreness

On the day of treatment

  • Keep the cotton wool pack on the extraction site and maintain a continuous pressure.
  • If the bleeding continues, repeat the above procedure with a new pack, until it stops.
  • Bleeding can continue for some hours. It often looks worse than it is.
  • Avoid rinsing. If necessary, rinse very gently, with cold water.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol.
  • Avoid warm drinks, hard or chewy foods on or near the extraction site.
  • Do not disturb the site with your tongue, or while eating, for 12 hours.
  • Taking painkillers containing Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can relieve any pain or soreness. Please do not take more than the recommended dosage. Aspirin is not recommended.
  • Warm water containing some salt may be used after 24 hours to bathe the site if desired.
  • You may feel the sharp edge of a socket with your tongue and small fragments may work loose after a few days – do not be alarmed, this is normal.

On the days following treatment

If the pain persists, spreads and becomes severe, it is probable that you have developed an infection at the extraction site.

This complication can arise with some patients, and is best prevented by vigorously following the precautions listed above. This can be quite painful. Vigorously bathe the site with salt water and take pain-relieving medication.

Please contact the practice for treatment of this infection.

The infection is normally due to a blood clot failing to seal the wound. This allows food and bacteria to invade the site.

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