Your dentist will always do everything they can to save a decayed or damaged tooth. However, sometimes an extraction is necessary to relieve your pain and get you back on the road to excellent oral health. There is no reason to be afraid of having a tooth removed; you shouldn’t feel anything during the procedure. After you go home, though, you have a responsibility to care for your mouth so you can be as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips for what to do following a tooth extraction in 43725.
Do Let the Site Clot
You need the surgical site to clot in order for the area to heal properly. By holding a piece of gauze over the extraction area for about an hour, you can help to stop the bleeding and encourage the blood to clot.
Smoking is bad for your oral health under any circumstances, but it’s especially dangerous following a tooth extraction. That’s because the chemicals in cigarettes can prevent a clot from forming over the surgical site. If you are a smoker, please say no to cigarettes for at least 48 hours following your extraction.
Do Reduce Swelling with Ice
You may not notice any significant swelling immediately after the extraction, but it will occur later. To prevent the swelling from become severe, you should apply ice to the side of your face where the tooth was taken out right after the surgery. Apply it for 15 minutes, remove it for 15 minutes, and so on, for about two hours.
Don’t Eat Solid Foods
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s okay to eat solid foods on the side of your mouth where you didn’t have the extraction; particles can sneak all over your mouth and irritate the surgical site. Stick to soft foods, such as mashed potatoes and yogurt, for as long as your dentist recommends. It’s also important to avoid spicy foods and hot drinks.
Do Get Some Rest
A tooth extraction can sap you of energy. Be sure to set aside a full 24 hours for you to take it easy. If you just got your wisdom teeth extracted, you may need at least a couple of days before you get back to your normal routine. It’s the perfect excuse to hang out on the couch and watch your favorite movies!
Don’t Forget to Take Your Medicines
Your dentist may give you a prescription for antibiotics, painkillers, or anti-inflammatory drugs. Please take this as instructed so you can be as comfortable as possible and avoid infection.
An emergency tooth extraction in 43725 is nothing to be afraid of if you follow your dentist’s instructions. You’ll be back to feeling fantastic in no time!
About the Dentist
Dr. Jeff Lee is your local, highly skilled oral surgeon. He always performs tooth extractions and other dental procedures with gentleness and compassion. If you suspect you need to have a tooth taken out, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 740-432-8768.