There are a number of reasons that your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction. Some dental patients suffer from tooth decay; others need to remove teeth hindering orthodontic treatment, whereas various patients simply need wisdom teeth removal. While a tooth extraction can be a serious dental procedure, aftercare is just as critical as the procedure itself. As the dental patient, it is important to understand that pain and the risk of infection can be lessened with proper care.
Care immediately following surgery:
- Keep pressure on the gauze pad that your doctor placed over the surgical area by gently biting down. Dampen the gauze sponge with water if it begins to dry out. Try to maintain constant pressure in intervals of 20 minutes, repeating with new gauze as often as needed until bleeding lessens.
- Keep your head elevated and try to lower your activity level as much as possible.
- Keep your mouth clean by brushing areas around the surgical site, but be sure to avoid sutures. Touching the wounded area in any fashion should be prevented.
- Use ice packs to control swelling by placing them on facial areas near extraction.
- Take all prescribed medications accordingly.
- Try to eat softer foods.
- Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, but do not drink through a straw for the next 3 days.
- If you are a regular tobacco user, refrain from smoking for at least 3 days.
After your tooth has been extracted, healing will take some time. Within 3 to 14 days, your sutures should fall out or dissolve. For sutures that are non-resorbable, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the sutures for you. Your tooth’s empty socket will gradually fill in over time.
Please contact our office with any questions or concerns.