What to expect and what to do:
> Avoid hot drinks or foods while your mouth is still numb. You may burn your lip without knowing.
> To reduce the chance of bleeding
- Avoid rinsing near the socket for 1 day.
- Avoid doing heavy work or exercise. Raised blood pressure may cause bleeding.
> Avoid eating near the socket. Food impaction in the socket may cause pain and lead to an infection.
> Rinse the socket with chlorhexidine mouthwash using a provided plastic syringe 3 times a day after meals, starting 1 day after the extraction.
> Take pain killers before the numbness wears off. Standard 2 x 500mg tablets of paracetamol (Panadol) for an adult is usually sufficient. Repeat every 6 hours according to the instruction on the packet. Repeat the process day by day as needed. If stronger dose is required, panadol can be taken alternatively with ibuprofen (Nurofen) every 3 hours. Please check that ibuprofen is not interacting with your current list of medications.
> An extraction socket usually takes 2-3 weeks to heal. Discomfort is expected for a few days, up to a week after the procedure. This is normal as long as the discomfort can be managed with pain killers.
> Common causes of significant pain after an extraction:
- Smoking or alcohol consumption will destroy blood clot which delays the healing process. This is commonly known as having a “dry socket”.
- An infection of the wound from food impaction or poor oral hygiene.