One of the more important aims of dentistry is to keep the teeth in the mouth as long as possible (even for life!). Sometimes though certain teeth are so badly broken down that need to be extracted.

A tooth extraction is a common operation, but as every surgical procedure, some time is needed for the area to heal. 




A damage to the tissues is unavoidable, but if certain simple instructions are followed, healing will take place sooner, better and with the minimal discomfort..

A list with these instructions follow:


  • Bite a gauze for at least half an hour after the extraction . These helps the bleeding to stop. If it still bleeds after half an hour, bite a clean piece of gauze for another half an hour. Don't be alarmed if your saliva is red. Even a drop of blood can make the saliva appear like blood. What matters is if the extraction site bleeds or not.
  • In intense swelling is expected put some ice cubes in a towel and apply it on the cheek for 15 minutes, take it out for another 15 minutes and apply it once more after that. This will keep the swelling to a minimum.
  • Refrain from smoking, coffee, hot or cold foods during the first day after the extraction.
  • If you feel pain, take a pain killer (it shouldn't contain aspirin, because aspirin can cause bleeding). The best thing to do is take a pain killer before the anesthesia wears off. That way the pain killer will have plenty of time to start acting, without a pain interval. As always, read carefully the package insert, don't exceed the recommended dosage!
  • Rest. Avoid heavy manual work or intence physical activity during the first day.
  • Rinse the area after the first day with an antibacterial mouthwash (or plain saltwater if nothing else exists) 2-3 times daily. Brush the rest of the teeth as usual from day one.
  • If you have stitches they might be a bit tight the first days. Don't forget to have them removed in a week if these are your given instrustions by the oral surgeon.