At your most trusted Midwest City dental office, Precision Dental Center, we take things seriously. Having a tooth extracted is the same as having an operation and, because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection.



  • For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don’t smoke, don’t drink any alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clot that might have formed.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water—half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
  • Brush your teeth like normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
  • You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket—don’t worry—this is perfectly normal.
  • There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers, Tylenol or Ibuprofen will be fine.
  • If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a ‘dry socket’ and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply call us and return for an appointment and our dental team will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.
  • Do not use a straw for the first few days. Sucking on a straw can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
  • Try using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours.



After teeth are removed, you may experience:

  • Pain and swelling in your gums and tooth socket where the tooth was removed
  • Bleeding that won’t stop for about 24 hours
  • Difficulty with, or pain from, opening your jaw (trismus)
  • Slow-healing gums
  • Damage to existing dental work, such as crowns or bridges, or to roots of a nearby tooth
  • A painful inflammation called ‘dry socket’, which happens if the protective blood clot is lost too soon
  • Numbness in your mouth and lips after the local anesthetic wears off, due to injury or inflammation of nerves in the jaw
  • Rare side effects, including:
    • Numbness in the mouth or lips that does not go away
    • A fractured jaw if the tooth was firmly attached to the jaw bone
    • An opening into the sinus cavity when a wisdom tooth is removed from the upper jaw


For further information on your oral surgery treatment options, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, simply contact Precision Dental Center today.

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