Tooth extraction

In order to promote healing, the precautions listed below must be followed Please also note that it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling after surgery.

Day of surgery

  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for an hour or two with firm pressure and change them every half hour if needed.
  • Always keep your head up. Apply a cold compress on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of cold every hour).
  • If you’re bleeding, take a gauze or a lightly moistened tea bag and bite it for about 20 minutes.
  • Blood flow and saliva staining are normal postoperative effects.
  • Limit your physical efforts and rest.

To avoid

  • Do not dislodge the blood clot formed as it promotes healing.
  • Do not eat anything until the bleeding stops.
  • Avoid drinking with a straw. Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Do not eat hard foods.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction area for the first 72 hours.


  • If you are inconvenienced by pain, take the medications you have been prescribed.
  • If you have antibiotics prescribed for this treatment, continue taking them for the period of time indicated, even if the symptoms disappear.


  • Only eat soft foods or lukewarm liquids on the day of extraction. Resume your usual diet as soon as you are able.

From the next day to complete healing

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp salt in 250 ml or 1 cup water).
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove the plaque and ensure you get better results in the long run.
  • Avoid brushing the extraction area during the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, sweets, ice cubes)
  • You may notice an increased level of saliva and the pronunciation of certain words may be impaired. Everything should be reduced in a week.
  • Bruises may appear on the skin. They will disappear after five to seven days.
  • It is likely that you have trouble opening your mouth. It should be alleviated after four to five days.
  • Do not hesitate to call us if after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing

After a few days, you will feel better and you can resume your usual activities. Do not hesitate to call us at 514 593-9229 if you feel pain, bleed profusely, have swelled for 2-3 days or if you react to medication.