Taking care of yourself after surgery
After an extraction a blood clot will form in the socket were the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.
If the socket does start to bleed after you have left the dental practice, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down, the bleeding will normally stop within a few minutes. Again do NOT disturb the blood clot.
If the bleeding does persist please contact your dentist for further advice.
Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue or burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids.
Avoid smoking and alcohol for 24 hours as these can have an effect on the healing process.
You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, taking a household painkiller will help following the manufactures instructions. Do NOT take Aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed.