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What to expect after a tooth extraction
- For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don’t smoke and don’t drink any alcohol
- Extractions usually cause a large blood clot to form, and it is important you do not disturb this.
- Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water – half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
- Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
- You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket – don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
- There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two or three days. If you need to, take over-the-counter painkillers to manage this – aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol.
- If you are in pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, call your dentist. We’ll check to see if the blood clot has dislodged (this is called a ‘dry socket’) and do all we can to ease your discomfort.