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How Do I Get Rid of Sore Gums After a Tooth Extraction?

Updated April 17, 2017

Before your tooth extraction, you will be asked about your medical history and undergo tooth x-ray. Antibiotics may be prescribed before and after the extraction. After the extraction, a blood clot should form to cover the extraction site. This will help the gum to heal. The dentist or oral surgeon should give you pain medication. According to, you should avoid aspirin, as it thins the blood and could cause more bleeding. Have someone to drive you home. Follow steps to get rid of sore gums after a tooth extraction.

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  1. Begin taking pain medication as soon as possible.

  2. Avoid strenuous activity for at least two hours.

  3. Do not spit or suck.

  4. Wad up gauze and bite down on the extraction site to stop bleeding. (Your oral surgeon will probably have this for you.)

  5. Tip

    The dentist will tell you when to start solid food. Do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth for 12 hours.


    Call the oral surgeon if your pain increases or if you get a fever or chills.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pain medication
  • Gauze

About the Author

Judith Green began writing articles in 2009. Green has had articles published online at eHow, and likes writing about health, food, family and relationships. Green has taken college workshop classes in language arts and writing through Ohio State University. When Green learned about the opportunity to write online, she knew this was her niche.

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