A tooth extraction a.k.a. a tooth removal treatment is a fairly common procedure.
Keep reading to learn more about the tooth extraction process and what to do after this dental procedure.
Aftercare for a tooth extraction
The typical recovery process of a tooth takes about 7 to 10 days but that time frame can vary, based on the type of extraction you receive. Keep in mind that it’s very important that you do not dislodge the blood clot that forms in the extraction site. This can lead to a dry socket.
There are a few things you can try to speed up healing time:
- Take painkillers as prescribed.
- Leave the initial gauze pad in place until about three to four hours after the procedure.
- Rest for 24 hours following the operation and limit your activity for the next couple of days.
- Don’t rinse, spit or use a straw for 24 hours after the procedure.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a salt solution, made with half a teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
- Avoid smoking.
- When sleeping, prop your head up with pillows, as lying flat can prolong healing.
- Continue brushing and flossing your teeth to prevent infection, though avoid the extraction site.
What foods you can eat after your tooth extraction
During the healing process, you’ll want to eat soft foods, such as:
How to manage pain after a tooth extraction
Feeling some discomfort, soreness, and your face slightly swelling are all typical signs of a post-op tooth extraction.
To combat this, your doctor will most likely issue you some type of medication to reduce your pain. They might also suggest a few over-the-counter medications.
If you’re still feeling some sort of pain two or three days after the extraction, you should contact your dentist to make sure there isn’t a possible infection.