Having a tooth extracted can be a scary proposition. But if you follow your dentist’s advice and take things easy, recovering Tooth Extraction will be just fine. Here are a few tips to help make sure that recovery goes as fast as possible.
After the Procedure
Your mouth is going to be somewhat painful after the anesthetic wears off. Your dentist will likely prescribe pain medication, but there are a few things you can do on your own. The first is to make sure you don’t eat or drink anything hot, especially until the anesthetic is gone. There’s a chance you could scald your mouth because you aren’t feeling pain as you normally would.
You should also avoid drinking any alcohol for at least one day after the procedure. Alcohol might cause the area of the extraction to bleed and make it harder for your mouth to heal. Also, chew on the opposite side of the mouth for a day or two.
Brush the rest of your teeth as normal, but don’t use any mouthwash for 24 hours. Rinsing could affect the blood clot that forms in the area of the extraction. This could not only lead to bleeding, but it could also increase your risk of infection.
What to Do if Bleeding Occurs
First of all, don’t panic. A little bit of bleeding is normal after this type of procedure. If you do bleed, apply pressure to the area. You can fold up a handkerchief or other cotton material and bite gently for about 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, talk to your dentist.
At Smile Time Dental, we perform tooth extractions on a regular basis. We will make sure you’re not only comfortable during the procedure, but we will also do all we can to help your recovery go quickly and efficiently. Send a text to 281-245-0711 if you would like to schedule an appointment.