Home Care Instructions

Post Extraction Instructions


  • With moderate pressure, bite on the gauze placed at the extraction site for at least one hour
  • The gauze can be replaced once every hour.  Disturbing the area more often may contribute to the site bleeding more than normal.  Leaving it longer than an hour is better.
  • A small amount of bleeding is normal and may continue periodically for 1 to 2 days.  If excessive bleeding continues longer than an hour, check to be sure you are biting in such a way that firm pressure is applied to the proper area (covering the entire socket and applying pressure directly to the socket) not just between the teeth.  The gauze needs to press on the gums.
  • If excessive bleeding has not stopped in 3 hours, saturate a tea bag with warm water, wrap it in fresh gauze and bite on the gauze and the tea bag for 30 minutes.  Repeat if bleeding persist. 
  • Keep the tongue out of the socket and avoid hard, cruncy food for 24 hours.  Also, no slippery foods like rice and noodles or foods with seeds.
  • DO NOT rinse mouth for 24 hours.  Liquids can be allowed without rinsing.  NO STRAW, SMOKING or spitting.
  • After 24 hours begin rinsing thoroughly after each meal and at bedtime with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz glass of water)
  • Use over the counter medication or the prescription medications the doctor may prescribe for pain relief.
  • Use an ice pack for the first 24 hours (15 minutes on and 15 minutes off).
  • You may brush and floss your teeth being careful not to disturb the blood clot.  NO toothpaste for 24 hours.
  • ​Please call the office if any unusual problems develop.


Dr. Pete McKay :  910-652-4861

​Harriet Dowd-Wicker:  910.947.3759



Pete McKay, D.D.S.​
Family Dentistry

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