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Post Extraction Instructions

After getting your tooth extracted, it is important to follow post-extraction instruction given by your dentist, as it promotes healing, reduces post extraction swelling, and prevents dry socket. Some of the common post-extraction instructions include keeping the gauze in place for an hour, placing a cold compress on the face near the extraction site, avoid drinking hot beverages, do not spit, do not drink water or juice with a straw, and avoid rinsing your mouth.

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How long should I keep gauze in after a tooth is pulled?

Query: Hello doctor, How long should I keep gauze in after a tooth is pulled?  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After a tooth is extracted, it is advisable to keep the gauze in the site for 30 minutes, in the same position. After 30 minutes, do not spit, take the gauze through your hand and discard. This is to arrest bleeding and help in clot formation by pressure method, and ...  Read Full »

After forty minutes of removing the extraction stitch, when can I swallow and drink water?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a lower left wisdom tooth removed, and I went to a dentist after four days. And he removed the stitch and put Alvogyl. I am at home, and it has been an hour, and I have saliva in my mouth. Can I swallow it and drink water? I am not sure if they said after 40 minutes to rinse or not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you can swallow and after 40 minutes, you can rinse too if the site is cured and there is no cut visible. I suggest you try following some instruction for a few days. Do not stretch the mouth a lot. Give yourself rest and do not eat spicy food. Rinse your mouth ...  Read Full »

When should I remove the guaze piece after wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my wisdom tooth extracted. It has been 10 hours since the tooth had been take out. How long should I keep my gauze in? I have read articles on recovery, and it says a lot of reference to "dry socket," which I am trying to avoid.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The gauze piece can be generally removed after one to two hours, provided everything is normal. Otherwise, you can change the gauze piece, along with the medication on it, and you can put fresh cotton. I do not know what your dentist had suggested to you. But I would s...  Read Full »

After wisdom tooth extraction, when can I start eating solid food?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my bottom left wisdom tooth removed yesterday. I am 25 years old and 11 weeks pregnant. I have been eating soft foods like mashed potatoes, jello, and pudding. However, I was wondering when I can begin to eat foods such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cereals, pasta, etc.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can start with a solid diet in another one day hopefully. Make sure you are following the postoperative instructions regularly. Do lukewarm saline water mouth rinses (put some salt in half glass of warm water) at least 3 times a day and continue for a week. This wo...  Read Full »

Can I swallow my spit after undergoing a tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,I just got my wisdom tooth removed an hour ago. Is it safe to swallow my spit since I cannot spit? I will not get a dry socket right? When can I take the gauze out? What are the precautions to be taken?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Since your tooth is removed an hour ago, you need to swallow all your spit for the next 24 hours. There is no side effect of it. No dry socket. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Drink ...  Read Full »

I had a lower molar extracted 11 days ago, and the whitish clot has come out. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a lower molar extracted 11 days ago. Then, about twenty minutes ago, the whitish clot that had been there for days came out. So now I have just a hole. Is this normal? Did I do something wrong?  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are totally fine. Your socket is healing. Make sure that there is no food lodgement or deposits and that you maintain it clean. It is helpful to do lukewarm water plus salt gargling after every meal. In addition, do a gum massage by hold...  Read Full »

I have pain and smell in my mouth after the extraction. Why?

Query: Hi,My upper tooth was extracted, the one next to my wisdom tooth. Today is the sixth day, and I still get pain and sensitivity. It has gotten better, but it is still there. I have a bad taste and smell in my mouth. At the same time, after the extraction, my sinus got bad, and I had a fever for a cou...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You have post-extraction symptoms. The total time for healing after a tooth extraction is usually five to seven days. Some people may have more prolonged symptoms but not clinically visible signs of post-extraction illness...  Read Full »

If there is no trace of blood in the socket, does it mean a dry socket?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know the answers of the below questions. If there is no trace of blood in the socket, does it mean a dry socket? Does inhaling through mouth cause dry socket? What is the normal look of blood clot in socket? What are the measures to prevent dry socket? Does drinking a lot...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The inner aspect of the tooth socket looks yellowish in color. Post extraction, do not rinse your mouth many times for two days, and do not touch the wound with a brush or tongue. If there is pain or a foul smell, it may be a dry socket. Usually, the dry socket starts ...  Read Full »

How to brush after removing a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, How to brush after removing a tooth? Two days ago I got it done. How to know if I have a dry socket and what are the ways to prevent it?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhavika Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Keep usual brushing habit after the removal of your teeth. No need to worry about brushing habit. Use mouthwash twice a day after brushing your teeth. Take care of the wound, like after taking any food make sure that you gargle your mouth with lukewarm water. Do not ...  Read Full »

I underwent multiple tooth extractions five days back. Why is the swelling not going away?

Query: Hi doctor,Five days ago, I had 11 teeth extracted. I had an area in my mouth that occasionally would swell up right behind my upper front teeth when they were in. Now that they are removed, I have constant swelling in that area. I have tried ice directly on it and tried it from the outside, but the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems you have stitches at the sites (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity), which may have to be removed in a day or two. I suggest you use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. It will take nearly two w...  Read Full »

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