Pain or bleeding after extraction advice

Continue to take regular painkillers for several days after extraction. It is normal for the pain to at its worst at day 3-4.

We cannot provide antibiotics for pain after extractions unless infection is present. We also cannot prescribe antibiotics over the phone without seeing you in person.

Some pink spit/oozing is normal after an extraction, but if the socket is bleeding freely, bite hard on gauze or clean hankie for 20 minutes. If bleeding has not stopped, call your dentist.

If you smoke or rinse too soon after an extraction, you risk a dry socket. This can be very painful and regular painkillers are unlikely to be effective. You should call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Antibiotics will not solve this, as a dressing is needed to cover the bone.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding from gums is NOT a dental emergency.

Bleeding gums are usually due to gum disease, and will not stop until brushing improves. Brush 2x a day with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, concentrating especially on areas that are bleeding. Use floss or te-pe brushes to clean between your teeth every day.