Bleeding: Apply constant firm pressure on gauze over the extraction site. A mild oozing of blood is normal for the first few days.
If bleeding is excessive, place gauze or a moistened tea bag over the surgical site and bite firmly for 45 minutes with constant pressure. Avoid rinsing, spitting, smoking and drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Swelling: Swelling and bruising are normal reactions to surgery and vary from patient to patient. Application of ice to the surgical sites during the first 24 hours helps reduce the amount of swelling. Swelling usually reaches its maximum about 48 to 72 hours after surgery
Infection: If the doctor felt that you were at increased risk of infection because of your general health or the nature of the procedure, you will be placed on antibiotic medication. It is important that you follow the directions on the label and take the medication until it is completely gone. An antibiotic oral rinse may also be prescribed.
Hygiene: The day following surgery the mouth should be rinsed gently with warm salt water 2-3 times per day.
*Salt water Rinse: mix one teaspoon of salt with one cup of lukewarm water – gargle, rinse, and spit – repeat until contents of cup are gone.