Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips
The dentists at Dental1Care work hard to help their patients keep their teeth. For teeth that have been damaged by decay, they have several treatments to offer their patients, including crowns and fillings.
However, there are instances wherein the affected tooth can no longer be saved and/or repaired. In these instances, the only option would be tooth extraction.
Tooth Extraction Methods
Teeth can be removed in two ways: simple or surgical extraction. In a simple extraction, a dentist will use an elevator and forceps to remove the tooth. A surgical extraction, on the other hand, is done for more complicated situations, like if the tooth has been broken off or has not erupted. In this situation, the dentist needs to make an incision into the gum to remove the tooth.
Post Extraction Regimen
Whatever method is used to extract your tooth, it is essential to follow the post extraction regimen prescribed to you by your dentist. After the extraction, you should apply pressure on the gauze pad placed on the extraction area for about an hour. If bleeding continues, you will need to place a new gauze and apply pressure on the area for another 45 minutes.
Children should be cautioned against biting their lips or tongues which may still be numb after the extraction.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After the extraction, avoid hot foods and beverages. Also, do not use a straw for drinking and avoid carbonated drinks. It is highly recommended that you go on a soft diet for the first two to three days after the procedure. Do not brush and floss your teeth on the day of the extraction. Avoid spitting on the day of the surgery. You may resume your normal oral hygiene routine a day after the extraction, but be gentle. After 24 hours, you can begin swishing warm saltwater in your mouth. If you experience any pain, swelling or bruising on your lips, apply an ice pack to lessen your discomfort.
Closely follow the instructions your dentist has given you about your medication. Typically, dentists prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin for pain relief. If you have undergone a surgical extraction, your dentist will provide you with an ice wrap. Make sure that you wear this for the rest of the day up until you turn in for bed. Avoid smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products as these can delay the healing process.
If you experience excessive bleeding or severe pain or swelling, contact your Dental1Care dental professional at once.