After an operation, a blood clot will form in the socket where the tooth used to be. This is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing, or by poking the site with your tongue or finger, as it is a very important part of the healing process.
If the socket begins to bleed after you have left the dental clinic, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down. The bleeding will usually stop within a few minutes. Again, do NOT disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding does persist, please contact your local dentist for further advice.
Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, so please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue, or burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids.
Avoid smoking and alcohol for 24 hours, as these can have an effect on the healing process.
You may be in a little discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off. Taking a household painkiller will help (such as a headache tablet), but always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do NOT take aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed.