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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Why do I have pain, bad taste, and smell in my mouth six days after extraction of my upper back tooth?

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 Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 the doing the following for a few days: Do not stretch the mouth a lot. Give yourself rest and do not eat spicy food. Rinse your mouth with...  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 icliniq.com. 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 know if my tooth extraction site is healing properly?

Query: Hello doctor, My right and left upper fourth teeth (14 and 24) were removed one week ago. The pain level is moderate, there is not much bleeding, gums are not swollen or painful, it is not red, but I can feel some discomfort. This is my first experience with extractions, and I am unsure about t...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.The mold you are referring to is the blood clot inside the wound. The blood clot appears greyish-yellow inside the mouth due to constant salivation, and it is perfectly normal. Not to touch the wound with anything for a couple of days to allow better healing. Continue sa...  Read Full »

Why do I feel there is a bone in the extracted site?

Query: Hi doctor, A week ago, I had all of my wisdom teeth removed. Three are healing fine, but my bottom left feels and looks like bone. I am not sure whether the bone is visible. It is smooth, but I am concerned about it. My dad, who is not a dentist, think that the gum is growing over it. It is not pain...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. The bone exposure is a common thing after extraction of teeth. But as far as there is no pain, you need not worry about it. May be the extraction was a bit difficult on the lower left wisdom tooth, and the gums...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take an extra dose of Panadeine after tooth removal?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 25 years, I had root canal treatment on my lower second molar. As I had a broken canal on the same tooth, it was surgically removed a few days ago. The stitches have healed, but still I have pain. The medication reduces pain, but I am worried as if I am taking an extra dose of Pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you to take only prescribed dosage not beyond it. If still pain occurs, then I suggest Augmentin Duo 625 mg (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) and Acuvin (Paracetamol) twice in a day at the interval of 12 hours for five days. Consult your doctor, discuss with h...  Read Full »

Why do swelling in gums occur post root stump extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I had seven teeth extracted today, just the roots. Anyway, over two of the teeth the dentist said there was an infection. I did not get any antibiotics, but she cleaned the area after. There is a lot of swelling in that area, and the gums are real red and like an ulcer. But not much ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photos. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Nothing to worry about. For the swelling give cold pack from the outside of the extraction area. Do not spit or rinse the mouth for a day. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Do not...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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