After Your Extraction

A blood clot will be forming in the socket where the tooth was. This blood clot is very important. If the blood clot is lost, you may experience a “dry socket.” A “dry socket” is when the blood clot has been lost and the bone in the socket is exposed. It is followed by a constant ache and can be very painful. The following instructions will help prevent the loss of your blood clot:

For the first 48 hours:

  • Don’t eat anything that’s very warm or cold
  • No spitting
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No mouthwashes
  • No vigorous rinsing
  • No sucking through straws
  • No strenuous activity (example: playing tennis)

When you get home:

  • Take it easy, lie down if you can (the lower your blood pressure, the less bleeding and better clotting results)
  • When you to go bed, put a towel over your pillow (in case of residual bleeding).