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I’ve had my tooth out, what precautions should I take?

Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.

If you do rest, try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.

Also, avoid any strenuous exercise for a few hours as this will pump the blood through your body, and can cause bleeding. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for 24 hours and do not use any mouth rinse for 24 hours as this could disturb the blood clot.

After 24 hours, we recommend you use an antiseptic mouth rinse and/or warm salt water as often as possible to aid the healing process.

What do I do if it bleeds?

The first thing to remember is that there may be some slight bleeding for the first day or so. Many people are concerned about the amount of bleeding. This is due to the fact that a small amount of blood is mixed with a larger amount of saliva, which looks more dramatic than it is.

If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse out, but apply pressure to the socket. If bleeding apply a compress made of a cotton wool wad or a clean rolled handkerchief and bite firmly on it for 10-15 minutes.

Should I brush after an extraction?

It is just as important, if not more so, to keep your mouth clean after an extraction. However, you do need to be careful around the extraction site.

If I am in pain after a tooth extraction what should I take?

There will usually be some tenderness in the area for the first few days, and in most cases some simple pain relief is enough to ease the discomfort. What you would normally take for a headache should be enough. However, always follow the manufacturer's instructions and if in doubt check with your doctor first. Do not take aspirin as this could make the extraction site bleed.

If your mouth is not feeling better after a few days, please contact us on 020 8508 4195 as we may need to prescribe you an antibiotic or provide further treatment.

Will my dentist need to see me again?

If it has been a particularly difficult extraction, the dentist will give you a follow-up appointment. This could be to remove any stitches that were needed, or simply to check the area is healing well.