61 South Willard St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Post Operative Extraction Instructions

  • To prevent pain, take 800mg of Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen three times a day for a minimum of 3 days.
  • Place gauze in socket area, folding gauze into two halves. Bite on gauze for 30 minutes. Use new gauze two times. If bleeding has not stopped, bite down on a wet teabag (real tea) for 30 minutes.
  • After extraction, sit in a reclined position. Do not hang head or do desk work if possible. Unnecessary bleeding may occur if instructions are not followed. At bedtime, use old pillowcase in case of leakage.
  • To reduce swelling, place ice in a plastic zip lock bag with some water. Put a towel around the ice and place on the area of extraction, leave on for 30 minutes, and then remove for 30 minutes. Repeat procedure several times.
  • Eat cold, soft foods today. (Examples: yogurt, applesauce, ice cream.) A milkshake is a great idea but do not use a straw. (Suction will draw the new forming clot out.)
  • No spitting or rinsing, hot foods, alcohol or carbonated beverages today.
  • If prescribed an antibiotic, take to completion. If you do not, the antibiotic may become ineffective. Please eat something when you take them. More than two drinks of beer or alcohol will make the antibiotic ineffective on a given 24 hour period. Take pain medication as prescribed. If you can get by on less, that is fine.
  • Tomorrow, rinse four times a day with warm salt water rinse to bathe socket area.
  • Dry socket is a condition that occurs occasionally, usually in people over 30 years old or in smokers. This condition occurs 3 to 4 days after the extraction with ensuing pain. It is a bacterial infection best treated in a dental office. Please call our office so that we may treat you properly should there be a problem.