It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following an extraction. If heavier bleeding occurs do the following:
- Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site.
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
- If the bleeding continues moisten a tea bag and bite down on it for a half-hour.
- Do not suck on the area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
- Do not spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of the surgery.
- The day after the surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
- You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery. Be careful of the surgical site.
You should start with liquids and soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. If the area feels a little better, you can then move to a normal diet. Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.