Extraction After Care

Your Dentist may request you don't eat or drink for 2 hours after surgery or extractions

  1. Avoid cycling or excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.
  2. Do not drink anything alcoholic for the first 24 hours and avoid smoking
  3. Take any pain-killing tablets as advised by your dentist. Follow any instructions regarding dosage carefully.
  4. After six hours rinse your mouth gently with a warm salt solution (level teaspoon of salt to a cup of water) and continue after meals and before bed for seven days, or as advised by your dentist.
  5. You may feel the sharp edge of a socket with your tongue and occasionally small fragments of bone may work their way out. This is normal.
  6. Try not to disturb the socket with your tongue, by eating food on that side, or by vigorous rinsing. This will delay the healing process.

If excessive bleeding occurs...

  1. Use some clean linen or gauze about one and a half inches (4cm) wide to make a roll of one inch (2.5cm) thick, thus forming a firm pad, or use a clean handkerchief. Make a few such pads if necessary.
  2. Keep sitting up and clear the mouth of loose blood clots with a clean linen square or tissue so that you can find where the socket is bleeding. This is important.
  3. Place the pad across the bleeding socket from the tongue to the cheek side. If the socket is between two standing teeth constrict the pad to fit.
  4. Bite firmly to compress the pad on the bleeding socket for 10-15 minutes. Avoid lying down.
  5. Inspect the socket and replace the pad, or use another one, if bleeding still appears from the socket.
  6. If your efforts are unsuccessful after an hour or two contact your dentist.
  7. It is not unusual to experience swelling or discomfort for a few days. However, if pain, swelling or bleeding persists, contact the dentist ... but remember, if excessive bleeding does occur it is important to avoid exercise, drinking alcohol or disturbing the socket.

Implant Preparation and After Care

After any surgical procedure you should not eat or drink for 2 hours except to take recommended medication. Also you should not smoke or exercise that day.


Smoking is particularly bad for implants in the few weeks before and after implant placement.

After implant placement you may expect to experience some pain, swelling, bleeding, bruising. If any of these are of concern to you please do not hesitate to contact us

You should take 1 of the painkillers provided (Ibuprofen or alternative discussed) when you get home to enable it to work before the numbness wears off. After this you can take a painkiller if necessary no more often than every 4 hours.

You should take the other Amoxil sachet (or alternative) tomorrow morning.

On the day of the Implant placement you should brush your teeth last thing at night keeping away from the Implant sites. The Corsodyl mouthwash should be used as a mouth bath (no swooshing) that night, and as a mouth rinse for 30 seconds morning and night from the next day onwards for 2 weeks. You must brush your teeth before using the mouthwash otherwise unsightly but reversible staining will occur.

If you have a temporary denture this should be removed and brushed gently under the tap after each meal from day 2 onwards.

Stitches if placed will be removed 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the surgery