Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

*Keep pressure on the extraction site(s) by biting on gauze placed by the doctor for at least 20 minutes.  This will control any bleeding and ensure good clot formation and quicker healing.

*Avoid any mouth rinsing and/or spitting for the first 24 hours.  This may cause bleeding and loss of clot formation which will slow healing and could cause a dry socket.

*Avoid smoking and other tobacco products for 24 to 48 hours.  Tobacco can be very irritating to the extraction area.

*Be cautious of numbness in the extraction area.  Local anesthesia can last from 1 to 3 hours after your appointment.  Eating and drinking are permitted, but be careful not to cause any damage due to numbness.

*Brush in the extraction area gently and begin warm salt water rinses after 24 hours to keep the extraction site clean and free of debris.


Mainstream Dental Post Op Extraction - Salt Water Rinses


*Take medication as directed by the doctor. Minor discomfort is normal and should be able to be managed with over the counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.  Take as directed.

*Call Mainstream Dental at 717-566-8161 if you have any questions or problems after the extraction.


The content above is applicable for many of our Mainstream Dental patients  Your individual circumstances may alter the suggestions or instructions being provided.  Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Fortna for an appointment to discuss your unique dental needs. 

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