Proper care is essential after the removal of a tooth to quicken the healing process. There are many reasons for tooth extraction; however, it is the last resort to opt when no other way is possible. Temporary teeth lost can regrow, but in adults, there is no such possibility naturally. The spread of bacteria causes decay and infection in the gums and teeth, which are initially treated by performing fillings or a root canal. If it reaches deep down, and there is no survival chance of the tooth, the dentist will continue with tooth removal. So, what are the do’s and don’ts after tooth extraction to consider ensuring the procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Tooth extraction is a standard procedure, and daily many occur in the dental clinic. You will be given sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the case, which will make you comfortable and relaxed. Local anesthesia will keep you awake during the whole procedure; besides, you won’t feel any pain. In a matter of some time, your tooth is removed, and you can return to your home. However, you should bring someone along to drive the car, as the effect of sedation might turn you drowsy for the next few hours.
After the treatment, sterile pieces of gauze are given to place in the empty socket and bite on to stop bleeding that you can carry till home. The swelling and numbness will go away after a few hours or maybe a day. Usually, you can continue your work or return to the office a few hours after the procedure. Take painkillers as written on the prescription. If you feel pain and discomfort, you can always visit the dentist for a checkup. The treated area needs care for a few days until it heals appropriately; there is a high chance of infections in the empty socket, so follow the do’s and Don’ts carefully.
Do’s and Don’ts after tooth extraction
After the extraction following do’s are necessary:
- Take the right amount of rest, and don’t exhaust yourself.
- When you are eating, use the opposite side to chew the food. The fresh wound is healing, and the clot may still be wet from inside, so don’t touch it. Have soft food that doesn’t need much chewing and biting. Moreover, smoothies, milkshakes, or fresh fruit juices are an excellent alternative to fill up your appetite. Have hard food after two or three days when you feel your area heals.
- Apply ice, which will reduce swelling and speed up the healing.
- Remember to keep the place clean, rinse, and gargle using saltwater to prevent infections.
- Lightly brush your teeth so that bacteria don’t build up and gums and teeth remain clean.
Following are the ‘don’t’ to follow after tooth extraction:
- Don’t have hot food and beverages. It can cause bleeding by breaking the blood clot. Besides, the effect of sedation will stay for a few hours after the extraction. Therefore, you have a risk of burning your lips or tongue.
- Don’t smoke
- No exercise for a few days as it raises blood pressure and causes bleeding
- Also, don’t have medicine that causes blood thinning like aspirin.
For more information on dos and don’ts after tooth extraction or to get oral treatments visit Everest Dental Group. Call us at 346-316-1920 to schedule your appointment.