POST-DENTAL TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The following steps will prevent bleeding and relieve soreness
On the day of treatment
- Keep the cotton wool pack on the extraction site and maintain
a continuous pressure, for at least one hour.
- If the bleeding continues, repeat the above procedure
with a new pack, until it stops.
- Bleeding can continue for some hours. It often looks worse
than it is.
- Avoid rinsing. If necessary, rinse very gently, with cold
- Avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol
- Avoid warm drinks, hard or chewy foods on or near the
- Do not disturb the site with your tongue, or while eating,
for 12 hours
- Taking painkillers containing Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
can relieve any pain or soreness. Please do not take more
than the recommended dosage. Aspirin is not recommended
- Warm water containing some salt may be used after 24 hours
to bathe the site if desired
- You may feel the sharp edge of a socket with your tongue
and small fragments may work loose after a few days
do not be alarmed, this is normal
On the days following treatment
If the pain persists, spreads and becomes severe, it is probable
that you have developed an infection at the extraction site.
This complication can arise with some patients, and is best
prevented by vigorously following the precautions listed above.
This can be quite painful. Vigorously bathe the site with
salt water and take pain-relieving medication.
Please contact the practice for treatment of this infection.
The infection is normally due to a blood clot failing to seal
the wound. This allows food and bacteria to invade the site.
These instructions are produced for your guidance only; please
do not hesitate to contact the practice if in any doubt.