Proper Care After Your Dental Extraction

Whether you’ve had a routine or more complicated extraction, our Highlands Ranch Dentist, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons, have some instructions to help you heal and feel better ASAP!

After you have a tooth out, there are normal reactions your body has. Here are some things you may notice and how Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons recommend you take care of them.

Bleeding– is a normal part of healing and the area can be expected to bleed for up to 24 hours after your procedure.
DO: 1. Rest, Relax, and NO EXERCISE for at least 3 days. 2. Keep Calm 3. Bite on extra guaze as slight pressure will help stop the bleeding

DON’T: 1. Rinse or Forcefully spit. This may cause the clot forming to dislodge and can delay healing and potentially cause a “dry socket”. 2. Use a straw, the suction can remove the clot. 3. Smoking in addition to being bad for your overall health, smoking will delay healing. 4. Use aspirin. While we do recommend Advil or Aleve to help with sleeping, aspirin has the opposite affect and can prolong your bleeding.


Swelling: will likely occur and is a natural process in the healing cycle. You will feel most swollen 1-2 days after your procedure but will note a decrease after 4-5 days. Our Highlands Ranch Dentist recommend the following to help with swelling:
DO: use ice, ten (10) minutes on, ten (10) minutes off for as many days as you would like. Use an anti-inflammatory such as Advil/Ibuprophen.


Pain: likely to occur and is an unfortunate part of extractions. Discomfort from the procedure usually peaks the evening after the procedure and usually begins to subside within the next day or so. You should be able to return to work the next day as long as your work does not call for manual labor. Here are some recommendations Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons have to help manage your pain.
DO: 1. Take pain medication as prescribed by your doctor. 2. Take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Aleve. 3. Drink fruit juices or take Miralax if constipation results.
DON’T: 1. Take Pain medication on an empty stomach. 2. Drive, Drink Alcohol, operate machinery or mix with other medications.


Diet: It is really important to maintain your intake of calories, vitamins, and fluids to help the healing process. Our Highlands Ranch Dentists, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons recommend you eat soft foods including soups (not too hot), puddings, jell-o, Smoothies, protein shakes, and mashed potatoes. Keep up your fluid intakes to at least 8 glasses of water.


Oral Hygiene: Keep up your oral hygiene. Although Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons recommend not rinsing/spitting for the first 24 hours, it is important to keep the area clean and perform regular brushing/flossing. You may get rid of the water/toothpaste with good old gravity. Simply bend over the sink and allow the water/toothpaste to fall from your mouth. The cleaner your mouth, the lower the chances of infection.

Care After Dental Extraction

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Highlands Ranch dental office at 303-694-9740.

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