6040 South Fashion Blvd. Suite 100, Murray, UT 84107


While removing a tooth from your mouth is a serious procedure, aftercare of the extraction site is as important as the procedure itself.

Immediately following your surgery:

  • Keep pressure on the gauze pad placed over the surgical site. Gently bite down to maintain pressure, and try to maintain constant pressure in 45-60 minute intervals.  Repeat as often as needed until the bleeding lessens.  Change the gauze as needed, and dampen the gauze with water if it begins to dry out.
  • Keep your head elevated, and lower your activity level as much as possible.
  • For the first 48 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth with warm salt water every 1-2 hours. Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol.
  • Keep your mouth clean by brushing the area around the surgical site. Avoid any sutures that are present, and do not touch the wounded area in any fashion.
  • Control swelling by placing ice packs or cold compresses over facial areas near the extraction site.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed. If itching or swelling occurs, contact our dentists immediately, or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
  • Eat softer foods that are higher in protein.
  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Do NOT drink through a straw for at least 5-7 days.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco for 3-4 days.

Your sutures should dissolve or fall out within 3-14 days.  If your sutures are not resorbable, Dr. Andrew Smith and Dr. Bradley Smith will schedule a follow-up appointment at our office in Murray, Utah, to remove the stitches for you.

For more information about post-extraction care, contact Wasatch Gentle Dental at 801-262-6661.

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