Tooth extractions are some of the most common forms of dental surgery performed in the United States today, with millions and millions of people having damaged or decayed teeth removed from their smiles each and every year.
All of these procedures are recommended to save a smile and improve the dental health of patients, almost always to be followed up with a second procedure to fill in the gaps created by tooth extraction and to restore a smile back to better than brand-new condition.
At the same time, there are definitely things you want to know about when it comes to taking care of your smile after you have had a tooth extraction performed. The experts at Rotary Way Oral Surgery will walk you through this recovery process in-depth, but here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you really hit the ground running.
TIPS FOR TAKING THE BEST CARE OF YOUR SMILE AFTER AN EXTRACTION
Right out of the gate, you want to make sure that you are as best prepared for your recovery as possible.
You’ll want to make sure that you minimize the bleeding that is inevitable with a tooth extraction ASAP. You’re likely going to be provided with some gauze that you can use to cut down on bleeding immediately after your procedure, but you want to continue to keep any bleeding and check for at least the first 48 hours following your surgery.
Biting down on a regular teabag is one way to speed up the clotting process all on your own.
Secondly, it’s always a good idea to reduce the swelling in your mouth as much as possible.
Ice packs applied to the extraction area (outside of your mouth, course) for at least 10 minutes multiple times each day should be more than enough to keep swelling in check. Anti-inflammatories might also help, but if you do not have an ice pack laying around the house you might want to grab a packet of frozen vegetables and use it instead.
Lastly, you’ll need to be sure that you are getting plenty of rest every day.
Really limit your physical exertion for the first 48 hours or so, go to bed early after your Rotary Way Oral Surgery procedure has been performed, and make sure that you are getting lots of rest for the first 10 days or so to give your body every chance to heal as quickly as it can.
For more details, contact us here at Rotary Way Oral Surgery at your convenience.
Should I stay away from any foods in specific?
With tooth extraction, you want to stay away from anything that requires being sucked through a straw as well as exceedingly hot liquids or sticky foods that might disrupt the extraction site.
Can I brush my teeth?
You’ll want to abstain from brushing your teeth for at least the first 24 hours or so, but it’s not a bad idea to avoid brushing your teeth for between 48 hours and 72 hours. Start slowly when you do feel comfortable – avoiding toothpaste for the first week – and always get clearance from your dental experts before you get back into a normal routine.