What to expect and what to do:
Avoid hot drinks or foods while your mouth is still numb. You may burn your lip without knowing.
To reduce the chance of bleeding
- Avoid rinsing near the socket for 1 day.
- Avoid doing heavy work or exercise. Raised blood pressure may cause bleeding.
Avoid eating near the socket. Food impaction in the socket may cause pain and lead to an infection.
Rinse the socket with chlorhexidine mouthwash using a provided plastic syringe 3 times a day after meals, starting 1 day after the extraction.
Take pain killers before the numbness wears off. Standard 2 x 500mg tablets of paracetamol (Panadol) for an adult is usually sufficient. Repeat every 6 hours according to the instruction on the packet. Repeat the process day by day as needed. If stronger dose is required, panadol can be taken alternatively with ibuprofen (Nurofen) every 3 hours. Please check that ibuprofen is not interacting with your current list of medications.
An extraction socket usually takes 2-3 weeks to heal. Discomfort is expected for a few days, up to a week after the procedure. This is normal as long as the discomfort can be managed with pain killers.
Common causes of significant pain after an extraction:
- Smoking or alcohol consumption will destroy blood clot which delays the healing process. This is commonly known as having a “dry socket”.
- An infection of the wound from food impaction or poor oral hygiene.
If the risk of a communication/tunnel between your mouth and the sinus was informed, take precautions to avoid creating pressure change in the nose/mouth region for 3 weeks. E.g. Do NOT close your mouth when you sneeze. Do NOT suck liquids through a straw.