After Dr. Amogh Bhalerao or Dr. Gayatri Jadhav extract your tooth, we will provide you with detailed post-op instructions. These instructions are designed to help you heal and recover so that you can once again enjoy a healthy mouth and smile. Call Smiles R Us at 210-694-4999 if you have any questions or concerns, or to make an appointment with our experienced dentists in San Antonio, Texas.

After undergoing a tooth extraction, it is important to follow these post-operative instructions for optimal healing and recovery. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Refrain from chewing for at least two hours or until the effects of the anesthetic have subsided.
  2. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected area. This can be done periodically for the first 48 hours.
  3. Avoid touching the extraction site with your tongue or fingers, as this may disrupt the healing process.
  4. Do not drink through a straw or engage in vigorous swishing and spitting, as it may dislodge the blood clot and impede healing.
  5. Minimize blowing your nose or sneezing forcefully, as this can create pressure in the oral cavity and impact the healing process.
  6. Refrain from rinsing your mouth on the day of the surgery to allow the blood clot to form properly.
  7. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products for several days following the extraction, as it can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
  8. Make an effort to relax as much as possible, avoiding strenuous activities for the initial 24 hours after the procedure. Additionally, keep your head elevated during this time.
  9. Maintain a soft diet for the first 48 hours to prevent any unnecessary strain on the extraction site.

These instructions will help facilitate a smooth recovery and promote effective healing. Should you have any concerns or experience unexpected symptoms, do not hesitate to contact our dentists and team for further guidance and support.