If you have had a tooth extracted there are a few precautions that you should take. Whilst the area heals remember your gum will feel sore when the numbness wears off. It would be reasonable to take a painkiller before this happens (whatever you take for a headache will be enough).

Avoid hot foods, hot liquids and alcohol for the next six hours and be careful for the rest of the day. If the are begins to bleed, bite on a clean cotton handkerchief for twenty minutes. This allows a new clot to form to stop the bleeding.

  • Avoid vigorous exercise today.
  • Do not smoke for the next 48 hours.

The following day you should rinse using warm water with half a teaspoon of salt, do this ten or so times throughout the day. Continue  this after meals for one week. Continue to brush your teeth normally to keep your whole mouth clean. If you feel small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket don’t worry, this is normal. If the area starts to become sore after three days (sometimes associated with a foul taste) or if you have any other concerns about the extraction please consult the practice.