Call if you have problems or questions 24 hours a day.


  • If you are prescribed an antiseptic mouth rinse (Chlorhexidine or Peridex) use it for a week.
  • Start taking pain medications and eat something within 30 minutes after the procedure. Narcotics (oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine) can cause nausea if you take them on an empty stomach.
  • If you have a reaction to any medicine that Alaska Center for Oral and Facial Surgery (AOFS) gave you, stop taking it immediately and call the office.
  • Usually you should also take 400 mg Ibuprofen or 325 mg Tylenol every 6 hours in addition to your other pain medicine. Ask the AOFS team or your pharmacist if you should not be taking this in addition.


Do not chew on the affected site for 2-3 weeks and have a soft diet (smoothies, eggs, well-cooked pasta).


  • Bleeding – Place gauze on that site and apply constant pressure for 30 minutes. Repeat 2 times if necessary.
  • If the bleeding continues, replace the gauze with a black tea bag for 10 minutes (set a timer). Tanins in the tea help clot blood. Repeat for 10min intervals as necessary.
  • Avoid spitting, hot beverages and carbonated beverages after surgery, it encourages bleeding to continue.
  • The sutures may dissolve or may need to be removed. Just ask the team if you are unsure.
  • Swelling is normal – Use an ice pack for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours.

Taking Care of the Surgery Site:

  • 1st day after surgery: Do not rinse your mouth. Clean the other teeth as you would normally. Do not brush around the extraction site.
  • 2nd to 4th day after surgery: Gently brush your other teeth and use a salt water rinse (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of water).
  • 5th day – 1 month after surgery: If you had a lower tooth extraction, AOFS will give you a syringe to irrigate the site. Use it twice a day by filling the syringe with warm water, put the tip near the extraction.

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