The process of tooth extraction can be daunting and scary. But with the right dentist, it can be a breeze. However, caring for your teeth post-extraction is as important as the procedure. To ensure that you heal properly and infection doesn’t occur.
Dr. Fardi Farhat from Dental One Care highlights the do’s and don’ts of tooth extraction aftercare. Which every one should follow post-extraction.
Post Tooth Extraction Do’s
- To ease the pain, take some painkillers, ibuprofen.
- Get as much rest as you can and don’t exert your body for at least 24 hours after the extraction. While lying down, try to rest your head in an upright position with the help of a pillow.
- You want to make sure to let the extraction site clot. After the surgery, make sure to keep the gauze the dentist provides in place and bite down on it. You want to keep it in place for at least an hour which applies pressure to the area of extraction and helps the wound clot and heal. The longer you keep it in the better. But at the same time, make sure you chew as little as possible so there is constant pressure applied on the gauze. You may also want to change the gauze if and when it gets soaked with blood.
- Once the gauze is removed, leave the extraction site alone. Meaning doesn’t touch it with your tongue or fingers. This can disrupt the healing process.
- To reduce swelling or any pain you may be experiencing, you can apply an ice pack to the face, in the affected area. Keep it applied for 15 minutes and then give it about an hour of rest before you apply it again.
- Try to drink as much liquid as possible and only eat food that is soft in texture and easy to chew.
Tooth Extraction Don’ts
- We asked our friend Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley, CO, about tooth extraction don’ts. Dr. Dhoon highly recommends that if you smoke, then don’t for at least 2 days after the extraction. Cigarettes contain chemicals that can lead to a dry socket at the site of extraction.
- Don’t have solid food until you can start to feel your jaw again.
- Don’t rinse your mouth with saline water solution until at least 12 hours after the surgery. The solution is supposed to help clean and maintain the contents in your mouth but let the gums heal properly before you use it.
- Don’t take aspirin, until the extraction area is properly clotted. Since aspirin causes the blood to thin, it can delay the process of clotting.
Tooth extraction is a serious procedure and for an individual to heal properly, it is important that they take care of the area post-surgery. It is important that you contact Sterling Heights dental specialists at Dental One Care if you face any problem post-surgery. You also want to make sure to follow the do’s and don’ts of extraction aftercare.