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Post-Operative Instructions: Extractions



  • Take ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®) if you are able to. Start with 600mg of ibuprofen before taking 500mg of acetaminophen three hours later. Alternate between the two every three hours so each medication is taken on its own six-hour schedule.
  • If prescribed a stronger pain medication, take as directed in addition to acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Write down the medication taken, time, and dose to keep track of how much medication you have taken and when.
  • Take the first dose of ibuprofen as soon as possible following your procedure.


  • Keep stitches near your lips moist with Vaseline® to reduce irritation.
  • While your stitches will dissolve in about a week, they may fall out before or after a week. This is normal and no need for concern.


  • Avoid acidic or spicy foods and drinks.
  • Numbness may persist in the hours after your procedure. Be mindful when eating or drinking hot liquids to avoid reinjuring the treated area.


  • You may notice increased swelling in the first 48 hours following your procedure. This swelling typically peaks at day three.
  • Swelling will decrease after the first week.

Oral Hygiene

  • Do not smoke.
  • Continue maintaining your oral health through brushing and flossing after your procedure.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water beginning 24 hours after your procedure. Continue for seven days.
  • If you received a medicated mouthwash, use twice daily (morning and evening) for a week, beginning 24 hours after your procedure or as directed.


  • Take any prescribed antibiotics until completed.


  • Take it easy and limit strenuous activity after your procedure. Gradually increase as you begin to feel more comfortable.