After Tooth Extraction

Wilmington Office Phone Number 910-509-1422


1. Keep quiet and generally take it easy for 48 to 72 hours after your surgery. Keep your head elevated while resting.

2. Drink plenty of liquids after surgery. Avoid hot liquids for 48 hours.

3. Apply ice pack to face alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery to help prevent swelling.

4. Slight bleeding mixed in saliva is common up to 48 hours after surgery.

5. You can expect some discomfort the first day after surgery. The second day may have increased discomfort along with swelling and possible bruising in the cheeks and jaw line. Discomfort should start decreasing the third day, and should continue decreasing each day thereafter.

6. Do not drink through a straw for one week.

7. Do not smoke for one to two weeks.

8. Avoid vigorous rinsing during the first week. DO NOT SPIT.

9. If you were given a syringe, do not use it to flush the socket until the third day after surgery.

10. Slight elevation of temperature is normal during the first few days after surgery.

11. Avoid alcohol consumption while taking narcotic pain medicines.

12. To stop bleeding, bite down on gauze packs for at least 20 minutes. If bleeding continues, bite on a moist tea bag for 30 minutes. Moisten the tea bag with warm to hot water. If excessive bleeding continues, contact our office.

13. Do not forcibly pull your lips or cheeks away to visualize the surgical site. It is possible that the sutures can be torn.

14. Take your medication as prescribed. Antibiotics (if prescribed) need to be taken until completed.

15. You may wear dentures or partial dentures throughout your healing if Dr. Semmel has adjusted them at the time of surgery. Remove them if they become painful.

Please contact the office at 910-509-1422 if you have questions or concerns.