1. Bite on gauze for 30 minutes (one half-hour) to stop any bleeding. If bleeding continues, place another gauze or roll up two tissues into a ball and continue to apply pressure by biting.

2. For the rest of the day:
No smoking
No alcohol, or hot liquids (lukewarm is OK)
No heavy exercise
Do not blow your nose or spit excessively

Any of these may cause the blood clot over the site to dislodge from the wound, causing a “dry socket” and resulting in unnecessary pain. (Should this happen, call this office to see Dr Strauch)

3. Do maintain a soft diet for the remainder of the day. Things like warm soup, ice cream, milk shakes.

4. If your pain, discomfort, or bleeding continues or worsens, call us for a re-examination.

5. If you were given a prescription, take them according to the instructions.

If you have pain medications at home, (panadeine / nurofen) you may take them according to the instructions starting two hours after leaving our clinic.

6. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.

7. Tomorrow morning, start rinsing gently with warm salt water – a teaspoon of salt to a cup of water three times a day, after each meal for three (3) days.

8. If any problems or questions do arise, please feel free to call ☎ (03) 9557 3144