Tooth Pulling

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Bite on gauze to stop any bleeding. Do not chew the gauze. Use new gauze as needed.

  • Take pain medicine as told by your doctor. Do not drink alcohol while taking your pain medicine.

  • Put ice on the puffy (swollen) area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Eat soft food for the first 24 hours after surgery.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. Two to three days after surgery, rinse your mouth with salt water. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.

  • Do not brush your teeth next to where the tooth was pulled. Clean these teeth in a gentle manner the day after surgery.

  • Do not spit.

  • Do not drink through a straw for 48 hours.

  • Do not smoke for 24 to 48 hours after surgery.

  • Do not remove the blood clot from where the tooth was pulled. This is the reddish-brown material that forms where the tooth was.

  • Do not drink soda or bubbly (carbonated) drinks for 48 hours.

  • ExitCare ImageCall your doctor with any questions.


  • Your pain is not controlled by medicine.

  • Your bleeding does not stop after 4 hours.

  • You develop severe puffiness.

  • You have an oral temperature higher than 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.