Please read the information below and follow the instructions given to help the healing process after your extraction (extractions):

1. Immediately following a tooth extraction, keep pressure on your gauze until the bleeding stops (30-45 minutes). Repeat if necessary. If heavy bleeding continues, call Dr. Byrd.

2. DO NOT SMOKE! Do not rinse your mouth vigorously. Do not drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities will disturb the healing blood clot.

3. Do not suck on the extraction site.

4. Immediately after a tooth is extracted, you may experience some discomfort and notice some swelling. To reduce swelling, place ice packs on the side of your face intermittently for 24 to 48 hours.

5. Reduce strenuous activity for 24 hours.

6. Drink plenty of fluids and maintain as normal a diet as possible. Use a soft diet if necessary.

7. Avoid alcoholic beverages and hot liquids.

8. Brush and floss as usual being extra careful around the extraction site.

9. On the following day gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

10. Depending on your situation, medication may be prescribed to help control pain and infection.

11. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever call Dr. Byrd.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact our office. We would be glad to assist you.