Post Tooth Extraction Care Tips
Tooth extraction is indeed a very helpful process for your teeth. Where the condition of the tooth is extremely bad, removal may be needed.
A local anesthetic is used for the operation itself, and the dentist then loosens the tooth from the socket before removing it. You are then given gauze that bites gently, helps to create blood coagulation in the region, prevents excessive bleeding and begins your cure process.
Care after Extraction
Although a bit of pain after extraction is not unusual, it is normal and should be relieved within a few days. Through this time, you might want to take your daily pain relief medicines. As a patient, you can do a few things to make your recovery time easier and avoid complications, like infections.
Smoking – for a number of reasons, not least the increased risk of gum disease, we still avoid smoking. Nonetheless, if you are a smoker, we strongly advise you to not to do so at least for the first 24 hours after extraction and for longer duration if you can. Smoking reduces blood flow in the operation, thereby slowing healing and increasing the risk of infection.
Don’t put the tongue on the area– we know that it will trick you to see what it looks like by putting your tongue on the sockets. It can sadly dislocate the formed blood clot and cause further bleeding. Please pay attention to what your doctor suggests. Call us for more help as soon as possible if bleeding continues.
Make a solution of mild salted (not hot) water – It helps to keep the mouth healthy and free from any infection. You just roll it in the mouth but make sure that the blood clot does not break again. Do it for a few days for better result.
Keep brushing – While the extraction area is to be avoided, you can also brush the other teeth and floss as usual. This would not only help keep you safe, but also reduce your mouth’s number of bad bacteria and the risk of infections.
Book an appointment with Oral and Facial Surgery of Oklahoma. Dr Wooten can help you with tooth extraction prudently.
**Disclaimer: This site content is not intended to be medical advice nor establishes a doctor-patient relationship.
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