After an extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That's why we ask that you to bite on wet gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after an extraction. After the blood clot forms, it's important to protect it, especially for the next 48-72 hours. It's important to not smoke, use a straw, rinse your mouth vigorously, forcefully spit or brush the area of the extraction. These activities could dislodge the clot and slow down healing. Limit yourself to calm activities for the first 72 hours. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding, and helps the healing process.

If Dr. Mullins has prescribed an antibiotic; continue taking it until gone, even if all symptoms and signs of infection have cleared. It is important to take 800mg of Motrin every 6 hours for at least the next 3 days.  If she has prescribed a pain medication, it may be safely added to the Motrin.  Don’t take medication on an empty stomach or nausea may result.  If an allergic reaction occurs, please discontinue use of medication and contact our office immediately.

Some bleeding is normal the first 24 hours after surgery. Applying pressure by biting on wet gauze for 30 minutes should control bleeding. You should replace gauze as needed every 30 minutes as needed.  Some seepage may occur, giving your saliva a red or pink color.  Do not be alarmed. If gauze is completely saturated after 12 hours you can place a wet tea bag to help blood clot. If seepage persists, call the office.

The use of an ice pack on the outside of the cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off can reduce possible swelling, as well as the regular use of the Motrin.  Sleep with an extra pillow to slightly elevate your head for the first night.

You may return to your daily dental routine the day after surgery, staying away from the surgical site with your toothbrush. Dr. Mullins has given you a bottle of Peridex prescription mouth rinse with disposable, reusable sponges for application. Begin applying this rinse the day after surgery and continue for 2 weeks.  After 2 days, you may rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 oz. warm water) if needed.

It is extremely important to maintain a regular diet to promote proper healing but avoid eating hard foods that require a lot of chewing pressure, tart or spicy foods, nuts, chips or popcorn.  Drink plenty of fluids for the first 48 hours after surgery. DO NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW!

Smoking can be a large risk factor in post-operative inflammation and/or infection.  If you are a smoker, please do your best to avoid smoking for 4 – 6 days after your procedure.

** If you have a post-operative emergency and need to reach Dr. Mullins after hours, she can be contacted directly at 816.719.3200 or [email protected] Please note: an after-hours fee may apply to calls that are not true emergencies **

We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your dental team and we hope your treatment was as pleasant as possible. Please don’t hesitate to call with any concerns or questions you may have!

Dr. Stephanie L. Mullins & Staff

Stephanie L. Mullins DDS, MS
Endodontist, Periodontist,
and Dental Implants

3470 NE Ralph Powell Rd. Suite C
Lee's Summit, MO 64064

Phone - 816.524.9800       
Fax - 816.524.9801