Care after tooth extraction for Dayton residents
Teeth can require extraction for several reasons. Some may be due to extensive decay or gum disease, others may have had a tooth injury in an accident. Regardless of the reason, patients at Alex Bell Dental can be assured that we will do everything in our power to save and repair the damaged tooth before performing an extraction. Teeth that are impacted (fail to erupt), like wisdom teeth, often require extraction.
While the prospect of oral surgery can be daunting for some, tooth extraction procedures are routine, and with a little at home care, you will be on your way to recovery in no time.
Extraction site care
Following your surgery, there will be some bleeding at the extraction site. This is normal and nothing to worry about. To stop bleeding, take a couple pieces of square gauze folded, place them on the site, and bite down for 30-45 minutes. You may have to replace the gauze a few times.
If the site is still bleeding after this, you can try using a new tea bag that has been dampened with water. Place this over the site and bite down for another 30-45 minutes.
Call our office if bleeding persists after trying both methods.
Avoid rinsing your mouth the day of your extraction. Starting the following day, rinse three to four times per day with warm salt water. To keep the site clean, use gauze or a soft toothbrush to remove any plaque.
Swelling is normal and can be minimized. Try using an icepack using a 30 minutes on then 30 minutes off approach, and keep the ice wrapped in a towel. Keeping your head elevated can also reduce swelling.
A soft diet is recommended for the first 24 hours following extraction. Avoid hot foods and drinks for a few days and try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth from the extraction. Alcohol and carbonation should be avoided for a few days.
Pain management depends on the individual. In many cases, over the counter pain relievers can make you comfortable. If you need something stronger, contact our office about a prescription pain medication.
Dry sockets happen when the blood clot separates from the extraction site, leaving an empty socket. To avoid this painful occurrence, refrain from smoking, spitting, or using a straw for at least 24 hours after the extraction. If this happens, please call our office.
If you are in the Dayton area and have a tooth that you feel may require extraction, call our office today to schedule an appointment.
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