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Nurturing Your Healing Smile: Post-Extraction Care Instructions from Westgrove Dental Care

After a dental extraction, your journey to a healthy and pain-free smile continues with proper post-operative care. In this blog post, we'll provide comprehensive post-extraction instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery under the expert care of Westgrove Dental.


Immediate Post-Extraction Care:

  1. Gauze Placement: After your tooth extraction, your dentist will place gauze over the extraction site. Maintain gentle pressure by biting down on the gauze for about 30 minutes to minimize bleeding.

  2. Avoid Disturbing the Blood Clot: It's crucial to avoid activities that could dislodge the blood clot forming in the extraction site. Refrain from spitting forcefully, drinking through a straw, or smoking in the initial hours after the procedure.

Managing Discomfort:

  1. Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain medications, as recommended by your dentist, can help manage discomfort. Take them as directed and avoid aspirin if you're experiencing any bleeding.

  2. Ice Packs: Applying an ice pack to the outside of your cheek in 15-minute intervals can help reduce swelling and provide relief. Use a cloth or towel to protect your skin from direct contact with the ice.

Oral Hygiene Post-Extraction:

  1. Gentle Rinsing: On the day of the extraction, avoid vigorous rinsing. The next day, begin gentle saltwater rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) after meals to keep the extraction site clean.

  2. Brushing: Continue your regular oral hygiene routine, but be extra gentle around the extraction site. Avoid brushing directly over the extraction site for the first few days.

Dietary Considerations:

  1. Soft Diet: Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods in the days following the extraction. Consider options like yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes, and smoothies.

  2. Avoid Certain Foods: Steer clear of hot, spicy, and crunchy foods that could irritate the extraction site. Also, avoid alcohol and tobacco during the initial healing period.

Follow-Up Care with Westgrove Dental:

  1. Scheduled Follow-up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with Westgrove Dental Care to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.

  2. Communicate Any Issues: If you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or other unexpected issues, don't hesitate to contact Westgrove Dental Care promptly for guidance.


Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities at Westgrove Dental Care. By following these post-extraction care instructions, you're taking important steps toward a smooth recovery and a healthy smile. Remember, our team is here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Westgrove Dental Care for expert guidance. Here's to your swift and comfortable recovery, and to the radiant smile that awaits you!



dental radiograph of tooth to be extracted

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