Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Advice on a speedy recovery from your local Epsom dentist

Whilst we will do everything that we can to preserve a natural tooth, including fillings, root canals and crowns; there are times when the only realistic option available is to extract the tooth. This is usually a straightforward procedure, performed using a local anaesthetic, and one which usually does not take too long.

The nature of an extraction though, does mean that diligent post-extraction care is needed, so we thought it would be helpful to provide the following guidance to help patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom with a comfortable and rapid recovery.

Immediate post procedure care

Once a tooth has been extracted, your dentist will place some gauze on the area of the wound and ask you to keep it there for a short period of time. This is important as it not only minimises any loss of blood, but also helps a blood clot to form in the area which starts the healing process. You will also be given extra gauze in the event that the first blood clot becomes dislodged, causing further bleeding.

Please take care not to dislodge the clot though – this can easily happen if you accidentally poke it with your tongue or finger. Eat soft foods slowly and carefully too and do not brush in that area. In the event that you do displace the blood clot and it does not re-heal, please contact us immediately as this can lead to a painful dry socket.


Even though you can’t directly brush the area for a while, it is still very important to keep the area clean. Avoid any rinsing during the first 24 hours to allow the clot to become established. Following that, alternate between a warm (not hot) saline solution and a mouthwash every few hours. Do not ‘swish’ the liquids in the area though, but gently tip and hold for a few seconds before letting it fall from the mouth (spitting can cause the clot to dislodge). Over a few days, the wound should heal, but it is advisable to still eat soft foods and not use that area of the mouth to chew if possible.

In the event of pain or bleeding that won’t stop, please don’t delay and contact our Epsom dental practice straight away.

And finally….

You may wish to consider the options for replacing the missing tooth. We provide a range of tooth replacement methods but our recommendation is a dental implant as this offers the strongest, most natural looking and longest lasting replacement currently available. If you would like more advice on any of these issues, please contact the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on 01372 720136 and our friendly and experienced team will be pleased to help.