AC – Dental extractions


Please follow these steps to insure that your tooth is well healed and reduce any possible post-operative pain:

  • For 24 hours, please do not drink any alcohol
  • For 24 hours, please do not smoke
  • For 24 hours, no strenuous exercises (e.g. bench pressing or running the Sydney marathon)
  • For 24 hours, no rinsing and spitting

Please avoid all foods that are extremely hot in temperature for the next 24 hours, so that the blood clot will not be disturbed. Otherwise this will cause or exacerbate your wound which may result in a dry socket.

If there’s any bleeding, roll the gauze provided into a small pillow-like shape and bite on it hard for at least 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, call us ASAP.

It is normal after tooth to be taken out to have some bad breath and some bad taste in your mouth. If you just had a tooth surgically taken out there will also be some swelling, limited opening of your mouth and feeling very sensitive all around your mouth for at least 1-2 weeks. A suture(s) may also be placed after the treatment. If the sutures fall out prematurely, it is okay as it usually indicates that the gums are healing better than expected.

This appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Please avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off (if you are hungry it is recommended to have liquids instead in this period).

Please, do not blow your nose if you have an upper tooth taken out as there is a possibility of having a OAC (oral-antral communication), where you make a tunnel between your sinus and your mouth (not fun, but it is recoverable.)

For any tooth that has been taken out, there is always a possibility that there will be some pain and discomfort and this can be controlled by medication. We recommend the following way to take your medications:

Mild pain (niggling sensation, discomfort but a bit annoying):
2x 500mg of Panadol/paracetamol TWICE a day

Moderate pain (starting to affect eating, slight sleep disturbances, bearable but uncomfortable)
2x 500mg of Panadol/paracetamol or panadine forte PLUS 2x 200mg Neurofen/ibuprofen TWICE a day

Severe: contact us and we will advise you on what to take

Based on the The Oxford League Table of Analgesic Efficacy and the WHO analgesic ladder

We wish you all the best from your recovery! Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.

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