For thirty minutes following the surgical procedure bite on the gauze that was placed. Any bleeding should stop by this time. If not then fold another piece of gauze and repeat. Steady firm pressure is the key to getting the bleeding to stop. Do not use a commercial mouthwash during the healing period. If you must rinse, use warm water and be very gentle. After 36 hours you may gently rinse with 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Brush carefully around the area. You will be rather sore for a while. If you have been prescribed medication take it exactly as directed. If you experience any adverse effects from the medication let the doctor know right away. Avoid alcohol and tobacco use during the healing period. Do not use a straw and don’t spit excessively. It is important to not disturb the blood clot so that healing proceeds as rapidly as possible. Do not bend over, do any heavy lifting, engage in sports or other activities that can raise your blood pressure. This could result in starting bleeding again. There is one common complication you should know about- dry socket. This occurs when the blood clot comes out the socket allowing the bone to be exposed to saliva, food and bacteria. You will know this is likely happening because, after a few days of less and less discomfort, the pain will start increasing. If this is the case let us know and we will start dry socket treatment. There is no charge for this.