What is a tooth extraction?

The term refers to the painless removal of a paining tooth and tooth roots with lesser trauma to surrounding tissue. The tooth extraction procedure the results in the socket wound healing in the short term without any post-operative complications.

Whenever you go through any dental surgery, always let it heal properly. In case the aftercare instructions are not followed then this may cause complications, which may further lead to delayed healing. Here are some do’s and don’ts which you should take care of after a tooth extraction.


  • Take proper rest- Try to get some rest immediately after the tooth extraction surgery. Avoid any exercise or over activity for at least 24 hours. When resting, keep your head in an upright position on a pillow.
  • Let it clot- Let the clot get formed on the tooth extraction site, which can cover it and allow it to heal. After the process, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite and you need to bite down and keep it in place for at least an hour. This will put pressure over the wound which will stop the bleeding. Once the clot forms, it becomes dislodged to the nerve endings and then become exposed. The nerves and capillaries spasm and constrict which limits the essential blood supply, and causes a delay in healing.
  • Ice packs- Apply an ice pack on the sides of your face where extraction was performed. This is done to reduce the swelling. In case of simple extractions, swelling is not accompanied, in cases of severe cheek retractions, swelling can occur after operation.


  • Don’t smoke- For about 48 hours after your tooth extraction you need to avoid smoking. The chemicals in the smoke may affect the clot and thus the chances of developing dry sockets increase.
  • Don’t eat solids immediately after- While you have numbness it is best not to eat solid foods immediately. After tooth extraction, you can take soft and liquid foods like soups, mashed potatoes, yogurts, milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
  • Warm saline rinses- The main aim of warm rinsing is cleaning the area of the wound as it is not possible to brush the socket.
  • Take all the medicines as prescribed by the dentist- Don’t skip the medicines. As they are pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs which are to be taken after tooth extraction, they can help in reducing the pain and swelling. If the pain continues even after two days of tooth extraction, and if bleeding starts then you need to call your dentist.
  • Avoid Aspirin: Don’t ever consume aspirin as it is a blood thinner and will delay in clot formation thereby will prevent speedy healing. Take the medications according to the dentist’s prescription only.
  • Avoid sucking action- Try eating soft and liquid food like soup, mashed potatoes, yogurts, milkshakes, smoothies, etc. After tooth extraction, avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, sodas, etc.
  • Do not poke into the gap- Though it will feel a bit awkward to have a gap but you should not poke that area with any toothpick or tongue as it may delay healing, and may provoke bleeding and can also lead to dry socket.

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts after the tooth extraction surgey, it’s time to find out if such a surgery is required for you. At Stephen’s General Dentistry, you can get comforting dental treatments from a reliable dentist in Muskogee having experience of multiple decades. Call us today to get started.