Next 6 hours:
For the next six hours do not smoke (if you do), do not suck on a straw, and do not spit. Any sucking or blowing action could dislodge the clot that is forming in the extraction site, causing a dry socket or giving you a secondary infection.
If you are having discomfort and would like to try to relieve it with medication, Dr. Bork recommends ibuprofen, which is sold as ibuprofen or by the brand names Advil or Motrin. Use as directed on the label. It should be taken with plenty of water and best not on an empty stomach.
If you are allergic to or under doctor’s order not to take ibuprofen, Dr. Bork then recommends acetaminophen, unless of course you have complications with it.
If the pain is severe and the above does not give you relief, contact the office at the below number.
Your diet this evening should be light and soft, nothing hard that could get jammed down in that area. It should also be lukewarm or room temperature; extreme hot or cold tend to aggravate the site.
After the first twenty-four hours:
You can start with gentle warm saltwater rinses to keep the area clean. You can brush around the area, but not down in the extraction site