St Leonards Dental Centre

Do and don'ts after tooth extraction?

To avoid dislodging the blood clot, don't  do vigorous rinsing after the procedure. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently  with a salt solution, made with half a teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces warm water.  Gentle brushing of the teeth is essential to prevent bleeding.

After extraction soft diet is advisable and avoid smoking, strenuous activity  in the next 24-48 hours . When sleeping try to prop your head up with pillows to reduce chance of further bleeding.

How many days does it take for a tooth extraction to heal?

The soft tissue will usually heal in 3 -4 weeks but it is advisable to relax for at least 48-72 hours before returning to  normal physical activity or any strenuous  exercise. Avoid smoking as it can delay the healing process

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.