Instructions for Extractions


  • Keep gauze pad placed over the surgical area with pressure applied by biting down until the bleeding stops. Dampen gauze and change out every 20-30 minutes. Stop when gauze is pink, but not red and soaked. If mod- severe bleeding persists into the night, place a plain tea bag over the wound and apply pressure. The tannic acid in the tea will help to clot the blood.
  • Do not rinsevigorously, spit, or suck through straw for the first 48 hours, to avoid Dry Socket
  • Avoid smoking or alcohol (including mouthwash containing alcohol) for the first week to avoid dry socket and slow healing.
  • Restrict your activities the day of surgery, and resume normal activity when you are feeling better. Stay off your feet for the first few days.
  • Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods for 24 hours. (Avoid Strawberries, nuts, chips etc.). Drink plenty of water and get some rest to keep your immune system up. Cold foods the first day will help with swelling
  • Swelling- It is very normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towel or ice pack for 15 minutes every 6-8 hours or as needed for the first 24 hours.
  • Sutures- If any sutures were required, they will dissolve on their own in 7-10 days. It will not be necessary to return to the office to have sutures removed
  • Pain management:
    • Mild-moderate pain
      • Acetaminophen-500 mg every four hours- not to exceed 3,000 mg per day
      • Ibuprofen-400 mg every four hours, not to exceed 2,400 mg per day
      • Naproxen-500 mg or 550 mg two times per day
      • Celebrex-400 mg, then 200 mg two times per day
    • Moderate- severe pain
      • Ibuprofen 400 mg plus acetaminophen 500 mg, taken together every four to six hours with same limitations as above
      • If you are prescribed Tylenol #3 or Tramadol, follow prescription directions
    • If antibiotics are prescribed, finish entire course. If allergic reaction occurs, stop use and call the office.


Dr. Sing will follow up with you that night or the following day. If you are concerned for any reason, please give us a call.