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Robert L. Smith, DDS | Tooth Extractions in Hernando

Robert L. Smith, Jr. DDS

7 East Commerce Street
Hernando, MS 38632


email: hernandosmiles@gmail.com

Multiple Tooth Extractions


Instructions Following Oral Surgery


Normal oozing may occur for up to 24 hours or more following surgery and is controlled by firm biting pressure on several gauze pads placed over the tooth socket.  Keep gauze packs in mouth until you eat.  Replace them after eating and keep them until bedtime.  If bleeding is brisk and fills the mouth.

Tea Bags

Tea bags are useful to control bleeding at home.  If bleeding seems to be excessive at home tonight, wet a tea bag with warm water and place it over the bleeding area, bite down firmly for one to two hours and bleeding should stop.


Swelling and sometimes bruising are common after surgery. The maximum swelling, pain and jaw stiffness normally occurs 2 or 3 days after surgery.  Apply ice packs for 15 minutes on then 15 minutes for two hours only on the day of the surgery.  This will keep swelling to a minimum. Keep your head elevated until bedtime.  Moist heat after 36 hours may help jaw soreness.

Tips for a easier recovery:

  • Do not eat popcorn, peanuts, chips or other small hard food for 6 weeks
  • Do not drink through a straw for the first week
  • Eat a lukewarm soft diet day of surgery
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • NO smoking



No rinsing after surgery. The day after surgery, rinse with a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tsp of salt 5 times a day for at least one week, especially after eating.  Brush and floss as usual but avoid the surgical sites. 

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