We encourage you to rest well after receiving a tooth extraction so that your body and mouth can properly heal. It is normal to experience tenderness and discomfort after an extraction procedure. Over-the-counter pain relief is usually sufficient, although you should avoid blood thinners such as aspirin. In some cases, our dentists may prescribe pain killers. Please take any prescribed antibiotics as directed.

Following surgery, you should return home and rest with your head propped up to reduce swelling. If you experience swelling and discomfort, you can utilize an ice pack at 15-minute intervals at a time until your mouth feels better. Once the extraction site has clotted, you can eat soft and liquid foods, such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid any particularly cold or hot food for a few days. Foods rich in Vitamins A and C can promote the healing process.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell may tell you not to rinse for the first 24 hours. Following that period, you should use a salt rinse after every meal and snack to cleanse the extraction site. Do not brush and floss the extraction site until advised by our dentists.

Please contact the office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS at 713-529-4364 immediately if you experience excess bleeding or swelling or your discomfort cannot be managed by pain medication. You are welcome to contact us today if you would like to learn more about caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction in Houston, Texas.