Post Operative Instructions

For every procedure conducted at Dr. Kanowitz, we will provide you with detailed after-care instructions. By carefully following these instructions you will minimise any pain or swelling and lessen the chance for infection and complications:

  • After a tooth extraction procedure, a blood clot will form in the socket of the extraction site.  The area of this tooth should not be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking using your tongue or finger, as this will slow the healing process.
  • If the socket starts to bleed after leaving the dental surgery, place a clean tissue or cloth over the site and apply pressure by biting down. The bleeding usually stops in a few minutes. Please contact us if the bleeding continues for a long period after extraction.
  • Due to the application of local anaesthetic, your mouth will still be numb for approximately an hour. Be careful not to bite your cheek or tongue when chewing.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for the next 24 hours. It may adversely affect the healing process.
  • Once the anaesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort. To help, you can take a mild painkiller or headache medicine, but do check the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not take medication like Aspirin as it might affect the blood clot adversely and result in bleeding again.
  • After any surgery eat soft foods for the first two days. You may return to your normal diet as soon as you are capable. Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid any tiring activities and be sure to take some rest for the remainder of the day. If you keep your blood pressure lower, this reduces bleeding and supports restoration.


Adhering to these post-operative instructions will greatly assist you in healing and improve the success of the treatment.

“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure.  Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”