Dos and Don’ts After Tooth Extraction
November 26, 2019
If you have recently been scheduled for tooth extraction, you may be considering how to prepare for the surgery. One of the far more essential considerations is figuring out precisely what you can and cannot do after your surgery. This can help you prepare for smooth healing and recovery that eliminates stress and potential discomfort for you.
Understanding Tooth Extraction
There are a variety of different reasons that patients require a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is a very common occurrence. In addition, trauma, infection, or decay are other reasons that somebody may need to have a tooth extracted. The process of extraction is completed with minimal trauma, and often relieves the discomfort created by irritated nerves in the teeth, gums, and jaw.
Preparing for Healing
If you are preparing for your tooth extraction, likely, Armbrust Dental has already supplied you with some information about your healing process. However, we find that patients with the most information can generally be more active in their process and have faster recovery times. So we wanted to give you a lot of that information here too!
Rest – For at least the first 24 hours following your tooth extraction, it is vital to allow yourself as much downtime as possible. Do not schedule errands, appointments, or chores around this time. If there is somebody that can help you with some of your basic needs, such as cooking, childcare, or housework during this time, enlist their help.
Clot – The extraction site will likely bleed immediately following your procedure. Our staff will likely place a piece of gauze over the wound to help with the bleeding. While it is okay to keep gentle pressure on the gauze, refrain from chewing on it or moving it around too much. In addition, you should regularly change the gauze to ensure that your mouth stays clean. A blood clot will soon form, and this allows for the protection of the wound so it can properly heal. Do not try to remove the clot, as it can irritate the wound and open it up to potential infection.
Cool the Area – Using cold ice packs, compresses, or even popsicles are a great idea following your surgery. This can help to soothe the extraction site and also reduces swelling.
Smoking – Smoking can wreak havoc on a surgery site. Some have additional irritants that can delay the healing process and introduce more potential infection into your body.
Hold off on Solid Food – Many patients express their desire to eat immediately following surgery. While it is okay to eat soft foods, avoid foods that require you to chew. While your mouth is numb, there is an increased chance of biting your tongue or cheek.
Don’t Skip Medications – After your surgery, you will likely be prescribed an antibiotic and potentially some type of pain medications. Antibiotics should be taken until they are gone. This helps to ensure that any potential bacterial infection is completely eliminated and helps you heal without infection. Pain medications can be taken as indicated, but you can discontinue their use within a few days of your surgery.
Avoid Aspirin – If you were prescribed pain medication and are making a transition to over-the-counter medications, you should avoid aspirin. Aspirin is a blood thinner that can affect your body’s ability to clot at the extraction site properly. Ibuprofen is a better choice.
If you think that you may need a tooth extraction, or would like a second opinion, call Armbrust Dental today. Our friendly and professional staff can take care of all your dental needs today!