PostOp Extractions

Please follow Dr. Kothuri’s instructions and use the following as general guidelines for post operative home care.


Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face for the first 6-8 hours.  Apply for 15 mins. on and 15 off.

Do not rinse mouth until the following day.

On the morning following surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water).

Repeat this several times daily.

Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.

Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.

Swelling & Stiffness- It is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or ice bag for 15 mins. each hour as needed.

Bleeding- It is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1-2 days. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place moist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30-40 mins.

Diet – A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink lots of fluids. Call the office if any problems.

*Do not drink through a straw
*Do not smoke
*Do not take aspirin
*Do not engage in strenuous exercise

Please call Dr. Kothuri at (408) 524-5505 if you still have any questions or concerns.