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