Minor tooth extraction | post-treatment advice

Following a minor tooth extraction, it is normal to feel discomfort and swelling.

Day of surgery

  • Keep the cotton in your mouth for 20 minutes and bite down. Change the cotton when necessary.
  • A light bleeding is normal. In case of excessive bleeding, bite on a damp tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • If you lie down, keep your head elevated.

What to avoid for the first 24 hours

  • Avoid rinsing your mouth, spitting and using mouthwash.
  • Avoid drinking with a straw.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Follow a soft food diet; do not eat foods that are too hot or spicy.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity.

All of these instructions are to prevent the blood clot from falling out of the extraction site.


  • For the first 72 hours, you can take Advil or Motrin or any of the medication that was prescribed to you.
  • Avoid taking any Aspirin.
  • The day after the surgery, rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution four times a day until healing is complete (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).
  • If the pain increases after three days, call our office.

After a few days, you will begin to feel better and will be able to resume your daily activities. If you bleed a lot, feel a lot of pain or if you are swollen for more than 3 days, please call us at (450) 669-7421.