There are a number of reasons that your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction, from tooth decay to wisdom teeth removal. Tooth extraction aftercare is just as critical as the procedure itself. It is important to understand that pain and risk of infection can be lessened with proper care.
At Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry, we care about your healing process! Our team wants to be sure your tooth extraction heals with ease. For more information on tooth extractions and proper care instructions, contact our offices in Champions Gate and Winter Haven!
How long is the recovery?
After your tooth has been extracted, healing will take some time. Sutures should fall out or dissolve within 3-14 days. If your sutures are non-resorbable, our team will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the stitches. Your tooth’s empty socket will gradually fill in with bone over time and smooth over with adjacent tissues.
How do I care for my tooth extraction?
In order to properly care for your tooth extraction, you should follow all instructions given to you by our team at Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry. We want your healing process to go as smooth as possible! Touching the wounded area in any fashion should be avoided.
You should maintain constant pressure on the gauze pad by gently biting down in intervals of 45-60 minutes until bleeding lessens. Be sure to dampen gauze with water if it begins to dry out and change as needed. Your head should remain elevated and you should avoid any high activity. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids but do not drink through a straw for 5-7 days following your tooth extraction. Eat softer, high protein foods.
It is important to keep your mouth clean. Do so by brushing areas around the surgical site, but be sure to avoid sutures. Start rinsing mouth with warm salt water every 1-2 hours 48 hours after surgery and avoid using any mouthwash containing alcohol.
To control swelling, place ice packs on facial areas near your extraction. Be sure to take all prescribed medications accordingly. You should refrain from smoking for about 3-4 days following your extraction as smoking increases your chances of getting a dry socket as well as an infection.
Following tooth extraction you may experience:
- Bone sequestra
- Dry socket
- Trismus (difficulty opening and closing mouth)
These tooth extraction side effects, excluding dry socket, are normal and can be expected to subside with time. Dry sockets, although rare, can be the product of food and debris irritating extraction site as well as drinking through a straw, and can be avoided with proper care. If you suspect dry sockets, call our office immediately for instructions.
If you have any worries following your tooth extraction or are experiencing any complications not mentioned, contact our team at Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry immediately! We want to assist you any way we can!