After Tooth Extraction
Keeping your teeth and mouth in good shape are an important goal of modern dentistry, and we tend to do everything that we can to save your natural teeth. With that said, sometimes preserving natural teeth is simply not an option, and instead you must have one extracted. The process is done through a procedure known as tooth extraction surgery, and there are some simple guidelines you should keep in mind while the healing process completes. These tips can help you properly care for your wound in order to best ensure that everything heals well and properly.
Manage Your Bleeding When your surgery is completed and you get home, you might be alarmed to find yourself bleeding. Do not be! This is a normal result of surgery. In order to help stem the bleeding, place clean gauze over the extraction site and bite down. Apply this pressure without end for around 45 minutes, at which point you can gently remove the gauze and reassess the situation. Please note that you might need to repeat this process several times. If you have done so four or five times and the bleeding shows no signs of stopping or slowing, give us a call for more information and guidance.
Protect Your Blood ClotA blood clot will form over each extraction site within the first 24 hours after surgery. This clot is important when it comes to promoting healing, so be careful not to disturb it. This means that you should avoid any hot beverages and food while healing so that you don’t dissolve the clot. You should also avoid the use of a straw or smoking cigarettes, as doing so could dislodge the clot.
Manage Your PainDiscomfort is a side effect of surgery. To help minimize it, make sure that you have OTC (or prescription, if prescribed) painkillers on hand to take once the anesthetic wears off. You should also avoid lying down in favor of sitting up to help reduce the chances of painful swelling and inflammation. Additionally, apply cold compresses to the affected areas (over your face or cheeks) in order to help further reduce inflammation and swelling. Continue applying cold compresses for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Maintain Oral Cleanliness It is normal to want to avoid your oral hygiene after surgery. This is not, however, the best option at your disposal. Instead, gently rinse your mouth to get rid of excess blood and floss and brush your teeth like you normally would—just do so gently, and avoid disturbing the blood clot and extraction sites. Do not spit out water after brushing your teeth, but rather gently expel the water.
Maintain Nutrition LevelsYou must make sure that you drink plenty of water after surgery. Keep an eye on your intake so that you do not become dehydrated. You might also consider investing in meal replacement shakes to help keep your nutrient levels adequate.
For more information and guidance, please feel free to give us a call today at Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics! We are happy to answer your questions.