Advice for once you have had your Tooth Extracted


There should be no pain immediately after the operation due to the local anaesthetic used. This should last for 3-4 hours before sensation returns slowly and care should be taken to avoid biting the lip or tongue during this time.

  • Pain tends to be worse on the 2nd or 3rd day but gradually improves over a period of 7-10 days.
  • Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Codydramol should control the pain.
  • If there is a sudden increase in pain after a few days, this may indicate infection and you should contact us to make an appointment.


  • This is common after an extraction, it usually reaches it’s maximum 2-3days after the procedure
  • The swelling should resolve in approximately 7-10days after surgery
  • Bruising of the face and neck occasionally occurs and can take up to 2 weeks to resolve


  • This should be minimal by the time you leave our dental practice
  • Blood stained saliva is to be expected for 24-48 hours after the operation.
  • Do not rinse the mouth for the first day. This may disturb the blood clot and cause bleeding.
  • If persistent bleeding occurs, roll up a piece of gauze and place it over the wound and bite firmly over a period of at least 15 minutes. We will provide you with some gauze.

Oral Hygiene

  • The next day, gently bathe the socket with warm, salty water mouth rinses. The water should be as warm as possible and a spoonful of salt added. Take a mouthful and hold it still for a couple of minutes before spitting out. · Repeat 4 times daily. This will help healing.
  • Keep your teeth clean with gentle tooth brushing if possible. A tooth brush can be softened under a hot tap.


  • Your mouth opening may be restricted for about a week.
  • Eating semi- solid food should be possible.
  • Use your own discretion and gradually start eating normally according to your own pace.


  • If you have stitches (sutures) in your mouth, these should dissolve and drop out after a period of 7-10 days.


  • Antibiotics after the operation may be required for some patients, this will be discussed at your initial consultation
  • If necessary, antibiotics and painkillers will be prescribed or advice given.

Time off work
· This will depend on your profession and the amount of surgery you dentist will be able to advise you at your initial consultation.

Call us to book an appointment or use the form below

01227 369921

We will contact you straight away to arrange a suitable date and time