Some discomfort is normal after surgery. Tylenol or ibuprofen can be sufficient for routine extractions. Other prescription medications may be needed. In any case, begin medication before the anesthesia wears off and take as directed.
Soft foods are likely in order; it is best to try to get adequate nutrition.
Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for the first 24 hours after surgery. After that, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 oz warm water) every 4 hours. Brush your teeth, but avoid the area of surgery. A moistened cotton swab may be more comfortable in that area.
Using ice packs can help with swelling. Hold on indirectly for 20 minutes and then 5 minutes off, continuing for first 24 hours.
Complications of clotting and healing are called dry sockets. The exact cause is not known. If pain starts 2-3 days postoperatively, please contact the office. Dressing and treatment can ease the discomfort.