What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction? Your dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After procedure completed. Your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding or oozing is normal. Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for first 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing. For the next days, you could rinse with warm water and salt as disinfectant. It is not uncommon to have pain or swelling on the first day, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag on the site. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket. When having an extraction, today's modern procedures and follow up care as recommended by your dentist are there to provide you the patient great benefit and comfort.