Instructions After A Tooth Extraction

Post-operative Instructions for Tooth Extraction


Have your child bite on a gauze (or clean rag) for 15-20 minutes. If bleeding continues, replace with a new gauze. If bleeding persists, moisten a tea bag and have the child bite on it. If bleeding continues or appears to be excessive, contact your dentist or seek emergency medical care.


There may be some swelling as a result of the extraction. As soon as possible, place an ice bag on the face next to where the tooth (teeth) was extracted.

Hold the ice bag on for 10 minutes and take it off for 10 minutes; continue 2-3 hours

Wrap the ice bag in a towel or rag to avoid direct contact between the ice and your childs skin.

If swelling and fever occur a few days after the extraction, contact your dentist. There may be infection present.


If the pain is not severe, give your child what you would normally give him/her for a headache (over-the-counter pain medications). If you were given a prescription for pain medication, give according to the directions. Do not combine pain medications unless you have spoken with your dentist first.


A liquid to soft diet (juice, jello, scrambled eggs, soft cereal, pudding, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc&) is recommended for 24-48 hours after an uncomplicated, simple extraction.

NO sucking through straws or forceful spitting for 24 hours.

NO fizzy liquids (sodas) for 24 hours.


Do not rinse the mouth for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you child may rinse their mouth 3-4 times a day using ¼ teaspoons dissolved in 1 cup of warm water.


Do not hesitate to call our office. However, remember that it is normal for the tissues will be tender for a couple of days after the extraction.

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