Tests and treatments
What is it?What is it?
It is sometimes necessary to remove a tooth or molar. This is called a tooth extraction.
Guidelines for at homeGuidelines for at home
There may be swelling for 48 hours, usually more during the last 24 hours. Afterwards, the swelling should not increase and will begin to decrease. If the swelling increases, please contact your physician. To minimise swelling, use ice packs the first two days.
The wound may have some seeping drainage the first 48 hours. If there is bleeding, it is recommended that you rinse your mouth with ice water. Afterwards, place a thick compress up against the wound. Bite down on the compress for 20 minutes. The bleeding should stop on its own. If the bleeding does not stop, it is best to contact your physician.
The pain can fluctuate quite a bit and last from a few days to a week. Your physician will give you pain medication, which you may take for as long as they are needed (usually less than ten days).
You may eat after the anaesthesia has worn off. A soft and bland diet is recommended. A bland diet is necessary in order to prevent bleeding during the 48 hours after the procedure.
The wound has been sewn shut with absorbable (digestible) sutures. The sutures normally disappear on their own. If the sutures are still present and bothersome after two weeks, they may be removed.
We recommend that you sleep in a semi-sitting position. This will minimise swelling.
For most procedures, it is not recommended to engage in sports for approximately ten days.
Brushing your teeth
You may brush your teeth afterwards, but avoid the place where the procedure was performed for the first few days.
It is recommended that you not smoke or drink alcohol for three days after the procedure due to the increased risk of bleeding and infection.
Only available in Dutch:
Centres and specialist areasCentres and specialist areas
Cost estimateCost estimate
Latest publication date: 29/08/2023
Supervising author: Dr. Borghgraef Kristin