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How to care for your mouth following the removal of a tooth and/or oral surgery

Here are some instructions that will hasten the healing and recovery of your oral tissue. You can expect some swelling, stiffness and discomfort for the first day. If you can have questions or concerns, please call our office at 252-633-2876 to speak with our dentist or a member of our team.


  • For minor bleeding, bite on the gauze pack for 30 minutes after you leave the office. Then, you may take the gauze out and change it as needed.
  • Expect some bleeding for the first 24 hours.
  • For swelling and pain place an ice pack on the outside of your face for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for 3 hours.
  • Do not consume hot or spicy foods and liquids, alcohol or tobacco. These items will delay the healing process.
  • Avoid vigorous rinsing. No sucking through a straw, no smoking, or spitting. It is important that the blood clot, which is forming is not distorted. It is protecting your extraction site.

From the Second Day forward

Resume your normal hygiene procedures. Rinse gently with warm salt water 4 times daily (1/2 teaspoon of salt per glass) This will promote healing and keep area clean. Do not brush the area until sutures, if placed, have been removed.

If you have any questions about our post-op instructions or to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Bradley Adkins, please call our office. We will be happy to help you make an appointment.