- DO NOT RINSE MOUTH FIRST DAY. Second day, rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
- BLEEDING. Following an extraction, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
- SWELLING. Ice bag or a cold moist cloth should periodically be applied to operated area. Your dentist may give you specific instructions on how long and how often to use a cold compress.
- PAIN. For mild to average pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like.
- FOOD. Light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
- BONY EDGES. Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to this office for simple removal.
- If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.
The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.