Important Tooth Extraction Advise
Tooth extraction is by no means a pleasant process and in most cases, it is generally a last resort. While the treatment is common and usually quick, it is still a surgical procedure which demands proper aftercare in order to avoid complications.
While proper hygiene plays a crucial role in preventing infections and promoting a speedy recovery, the aftercare process does not stop there. When you have a tooth removed, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by your dentist. These will include:
1. Allow clotting to take place
Clotting is a sign of healing and stops excessive bleeding or prevents bacteria from entering the wound. Clotting should take place within a few hours after the procedure, however, if bleeding continues try placing a damp gauze on the wound – this usually fast tracks the clotting process. A common complication that could arise if clotting does not take place, is a dry socket which can be rather painful.
2. Avoid using a straw
The contraction of your cheek muscles when using a straw may cause the blood clot to come off. Rather opt for taking smaller sips using a normal glass.
3. Avoid smoking
Known as the number one enemy when it comes to dental care, smoking can significantly decrease your chances of healing and lead to infections caused by bacteria. Try to avoid smoking at least 48 hours after the procedure.
4. Do not forget to take your medication
Antibiotics, painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs will help to ease any pain, inflammation or swelling that you may experience. Do not wait for the pain to worsen but rather take the prescribed medications during the time frame which your dentist advices. If your prescription says that the pain medication is to be taken every three hours for the first 48 hours, adhere to it even if the pain hasn’t started or is bearable. Placing ice packs or cold towels on the outside of your face can help alleviate the pain and swelling immediately after the extraction.
5. No rinsing
Do not rinse your mouth for 48 hours as the swirling motion could dislodge the blood clots. After 48 hours, rinse gently using an anti-bacterial mouthwash or salt water.
6. Maintain Pressure on the gauze pad
After the tooth extraction procedure, we will place a gauze pad over the wound to protect it from bacteria and encourage clotting. During the first few hours after the procedure, gently bite on this gauze pad at regular intervals until the bleeding reduces. This simple action can encourage clot formation.
7. Take a break
For at least a week after the procedure, try to take it easy as physical strain can increase your risk of abnormal bleeding and reduce the chances of successful clot formation.
8. Pay attention to oral hygiene
Maintaining good hygiene is crucial in preventing complications. This includes gently brushing, avoiding consuming sugary substances.
9. Keep in touch
A fever, abnormal bleeding, no clotting and extensive pain are symptoms which should not be taken lightly.
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Should your experience any symptoms or have any questions about tooth extractions, do not hesitate to contact us!