7 Things to do After a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions happen every day. Although it is perfectly normal to be anxious about the procedure, there is no reason to be overly concerned. To ensure a successful extraction however, diligence is required by you, the patient. Take note of the 10 things to do after a tooth extraction.
- Follow your doctor’s directions regarding the pain killers he/she prescribes.
- After the tooth is pulled, your doctor will have you bite down on gauze. This encourages the blood to clot and stops the bleeding. You will want to change the gauze frequently, doing so before it becomes soaked with blood.
- If you become swollen after the tooth extraction, do not be worried. This is perfectly natural! However, applying ice right after the surgery can help keep the swelling down. It is recommended to be done 10 minutes at a time.
- During the first 24 hours: Avoid drinking through a straw and vigorous spitting or rinsing. Also, try to rest and avoid strenuous activities during this period of time. This will help the blood clots to stay in place and prevent dry socket.
- After the first 24 hours: Gently rinse with warm salt water. This will encourage healing and help prevent infection.
- Eat and drink foods like yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and anything else that is soft. Avoid hard or crunchy foods until the tooth extraction site is healed.
- Continue brushing and flossing, but making sure to avoid the tooth extraction site.
Following these procedures will encourage a speedy recovery, discourage infection, and reduce discomfort. New bone and tissue will gradually fill in the gap where the tooth was removed. This initial healing stage will take between 1 to 2 weeks. If you had teeth other than your wisdom teeth pulled, your dentist may recommend a restoration such as an implant or bridge since the open space could cause bite or chewing issues.
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