How to Care Following a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are often recommended when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed and it cannot be restored. Extractions are necessary when the tooth is too weak or otherwise compromised. It cannot function properly and may face further damage, or it can develop a painful infection. After tooth extraction, proper care is needed to ensure proper healing. Sunnyside Dentistry will provide you with aftercare instructions.
Bleeding is normal following tooth extraction. Your body will work to form a clot, which will put a stop to it. Immediately after your tooth has been removed, we will pack the area with gauze and tell you to apply gentle pressure. This will aid in clot formation. If bleeding or oozing persists after you leave the office, exchange the gauze for new dressing. This may need to be done several times.
Pain and Swelling
Pain and swelling are also common following tooth extraction. Over the counter pain, relievers are often enough to help manage discomfort. Icepacks during the first 24 hours, on an off for 20-minute intervals, can help to minimize swelling. After 48 hours, moist heat can be used to help the swelling dissipate faster.
What to Eat
Your mouth will be tender after an extraction. Additionally, certain types of foods can irritate the extraction site, leading to more pain and bleeding. A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for proper healing. However, you will need to be careful of what you eat. Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, chewy, and sticky. Choose foods that have a soft, easy to chew texture or those you can drink. This includes such things as yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and pasta.
Oral hygiene is crucial for limiting bacteria in your mouth and avoiding the development of an infection. However, you will need to be careful during this time. It is important that you continue to brush and floss your teeth, but avoid the areas around the surgical site for at least 24 hours. During the first 24 hours after your extraction, it is also important to avoid rinsing, swishing, and spitting. After 24 hours, a salt water solution can help to keep the affected area clean, which aids preventing infections. As you heal, it is also important that you avoid habits such as smoking, as tobacco products can slow the healing process and increase your risk for infections and other complications.
You will need to restrict your activities for at least 24 hours after your extraction. Doing anything too strenuous, such as running, bending, and heavy lifting can build up blood pressure, which can cause the extraction site to swell and become painful. You may also cause new bleeding. It is important that you rest and take it easy so that your body can heal properly. As you begin to feel better, you can begin to resume your normal activities.
When to Call the Office
You will be provided with specific aftercare instructions following your tooth extraction. While following these instructions is important for ensuring that you heal properly, sometimes complications can occur. You should call the office immediately if
||You experience severe pain that cannot be managed.
||You experience significant swelling.
||You are bleeding excessively.
||You develop a fever.
Following your aftercare instructions following a tooth extraction will help you to avoid infections, significant pain, and other complications. If you have any questions or concerns, call Sunnyside Dentistry at (503) 451-5104 today.