Precautions After Tooth Removal

After a dental extraction, there are certain do's and do not's that the patient needs to follow for uneventful healing. These are commonly referred to as post-extraction instructions. Firstly soon after extraction, the patient must bite and keep in place the cotton or gauze pad for atleast 30 minutes to arrest bleeding. Avoid too hot food, start taking a soft or liquid diet, avoid forceful spitting or sipping using a straw. Do not rinse or brush forcefully in the extracted region. Avoid palpation of the site with the tongue or hand. Smoking is not advised. Take necessary medications that the dentist prescribes.

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Is sedation necessary to get second molar extracted?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting my second molar extraction tomorrow morning. It has a vertical fracture, and unfortunately, a root canal cannot fix it because it is on the side of the tooth. I went to the oral surgeon for the evaluation, and he seemed very competent and explained the process and what wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have two advantages. First is, an oral surgeon is doing the surgery who is the most competent dentist to perform an extraction. Secondly, sedation is a painless phenomenon that is better than GA. So do not worry. Get your tooth extracted and take full precau...  Read Full »

Can I brush my teeth after wisdom tooth removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got all four of my wisdom teeth removed last week. I was looking at my back teeth, both top and bottom. On all the four teeth, at the very back of my mouth, just front of where the wisdom teeth were, I noticed what appears to be brown hairline-looking marks in the pits and on th...  Read Full »

Dr. Shamaz Mohamed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is nothing to worry. They must be just stained pits and fissures. Since you have not brushed your teeth, or maintained your oral hygiene for a week, they have developed. I insist that you start gentle brushing and rinsing of your mouth twice daily with any over t...  Read Full »

After wisdom tooth extraction what are the precautions to follow?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my wisdom tooth removed. So, I was wondering if I can get a guidance of the do's and dont's. Like tips regarding eating or drinking to avoid problems.  Read Full »

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Take precautions for 24 hours if the wisdom tooth has been extracted non-surgically but, if the tooth has been removed by surgical intervention with sutures placed, then take precautions until the sutures are removed. Do not take hard food. Do not open your mouth wi...  Read Full »

Can I travel two days after an extraction procedure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having two extractions in a few days and I have a three-day beach trip planned two days after the procedure. Is it safe to still go? We will walk around and swim and that is probably all. I have a temporary cover over it because they drilled a hole in the tooth to find out how fa...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to be very careful for at least 24 hours after the extraction like avoiding rinsing your mouth too hard to running or jogging, eating cold and soft food, etc. Ideally, you should not be having any problem if you follow all the instructions properly 24 hours...  Read Full »

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