Dental & Oral Health

Post Extraction Instructions for Children and Adults

Written by Dr. Nivedita Dalmia and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Image: Post Extraction Instructions for Children and Adults

After tooth extraction, the post extraction instructions should be carefully followed, otherwise it will lead to swelling of the face, bleeding from the socket, infections, etc.

Post Extraction Instructions for Deciduous Tooth Extraction (Milk Tooth):

  • After half an hour of extraction, remove the cotton pack from the extraction site.
  • Do not place another cotton pack.
  • Give one pain killer tablet, if required give another pain killer tablet after 12 hours.
  • Give an ice cream to eat, give only plain ice cream without any choco chips, nuts, etc. Let the child have the ice cream with spoon, do not give stick ice cream or in cone. Do not give any cool drinks using straw.
  • Keep a watch on the child until the anaesthesia effect goes off. Because children might bite their lips or tongue due to the numbness.
  • Keep a watch on the child because children generally tend to put pencil tips, pen tips, etc., into the extraction socket.
  • Give juice or milk in the glass, avoid giving it with straw because when we have liquids through straw it causes dislogment of blood clot due to the sucking action.
  • Give liquid or semi-solid food for 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Avoid hot food, for a day the child should be on cold or normal temperature diet.
  • The child can be allowed to brush the teeth next day. Do not brush on the same day.

Post Extraction Instructions for Permanent Tooth Extraction:

  • After half an hour of extraction, remove the cotton pack from the extraction site.
  • Have a cup of ice cream without choco chips and nuts because they might get lodged into the extraction site.
  • If you are diabetic, then have a glass of cold water or milk.
  • Do not spit and gargle for the next 24 hours of extraction; whatever blood oozes out, swallow in with saliva because spitting will lead to bleeding.
  • Immediately after the extraction, apply ice or cold pack from outside, it will cause vasoconstriction and decreased swelling.
  • Keep drinking water; it will keep you hydrated.
  • Have liquid or semi-solid food for 24 hrs, food should not be hot and spicy.
  • No smoking and drinking alcohol or soda for the next 7 days.
  • Avoid use of straw while having cold drinks, it leads to dislodgement of the blood clot.
  • If their is pain, have a pain killer tablet.
  • Do not eat anything till the anaesthesia effect is present, you might tend to bite your lips or tongue.
  • Do not place another cotton pack at the extraction site, it will lead to infection and delayed healing.
  • Brush your teeth after 24 hours of extraction of tooth.
  • If you had stopped ecosprin prior to extraction, consult your physician and start the medication again.
  • If you are on any kind of medication, consult the physician and follow as they advise.
  • Do not stop any medication by yourself, that may lead to medical problems.
  • Take the antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed by the dentist.
  • Do not give hot compression from outside, it will lead to swelling.
  • After 24 hours of extraction, start doing lukewarm saline mouth rinse 3 to 4 times daily, it will help in healing of the socket.
  • If suture is placed, get it removed from the dentist after 7 days.
  • Start having food in the extraction side after 3-4 days. Earlier you start eating from that side, the better.

Consult a dentist online for queries regarding oral hygiene maintenance after tooth extraction -->

Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018



Do you have a question on Antibiotics or Saline Water Mouth Rinses?
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Related Questions & Answers

Will antibiotics affect the sputum report?
Query: Hi doctor, I have cough for about a week. It is a mild one with a bit sore throat. So, I did my sputum test in a laboratory and the following are the results I received today. Acid fast bacilli smear - acid fast bacilli not detected. In sputum culture and sensitivity, culture - negative, organism - ...  Read Full »
Dr. Anshul Varshney
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Your sputum stain says that you have lower respiratory tract infection. However, culture is negative which can occur due to antibiotic consumption prior to sputum collection. Treatment would be based on your symptoms. Please mention what symptoms...  Read Full »
Please suggest some painkiller for my back pain.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old female, who is suffering from severe back pain. I am a teacher and have a 7 months old child. When I am at work, I have back pains at the end of the backbone, on the right side over the kidney. I got an ultrasound and an x-ray of the back. And I do not have any kidney s...  Read Full »
Dr. Shinas Hussain A P
General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and I can understand your concerns The severe back pain that you have mentioned, suggests some spine related conditions probably IVDP (intervertebral disc prolapse), which might be aggravated by your posture and strain. You can try the ...  Read Full »
I have pain in my heels which did not get better with any painkiller. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old male. I have a pain in my heels from three to four months. I used a lot of painkillers like Ibuprofen, Voltral, Nims, Dicloran inj, Brexien, Movax, Muscoril, Rotec, Bonate, Carlex D, and Vitamin D inj. and Methicobal inj. etc, but the result is zero. I also try to w...  Read Full »
Dr. Lokesh
Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a condition in which the fascia or the tissue at the heel is inflamed, and pain is there especially in the morning after getting up from sleep. I suggest the following medications: Tablet Piroxicam (20 mg) one tablet after food for ten days. Tablet Rabep...  Read Full »

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Related Tags