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Instructions after an Extraction

Keep the gauze swab in place for 30 minutes after leaving the surgery.

You have been provided with a pack containing sterilised gauze swabs to help clotting of your extraction site. If bleeding recurs, place a single, tightly folded gauze swab at the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down on the swab for 10 -15 minutes.

Remove and replace the swab as required.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours
  • Do not use a straw for drinking
  • No strenuous exercise for 48 hours
  • Be careful eating or drinking hot food/fluids for 24 hours
  • Nil Smoking for 48 hours
  • Nil Alcohol for 48 hours

As Required

  • 24 hours after extraction, you may start gentle salt water rinses after eating to keep the extraction site clean. Continue this treatment for five days or until the wound has healed.
  • Ice packs applied at intervals may help reduce swelling and pain management.
  • Brush your teeth as normal, taking care around the extraction site.
  • When required take Panadol / Panadeine or Nurofin as directed on the packet to a maximum of 8 tablets in one day.
  • Continue taking antibiotics if prescribed.

Contact our surgery on 07 5495 1270 if you have any questions or concerns.