Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site. If bleeding continues, apply new gauze should and pressure for and additional 45 minutes. After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 10 minutes. Remove for 5 minutes. Repeat. Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery. Do not rinse your mouth. Do not use a straw. Do not spit. Do not drink carbonated beverages. Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing. Bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face. Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, soft pastas, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, applesauce, milk shakes, fruit juice, yogurt, and ice cream for 2-3 days. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Avoid smoking for a few days.