After Tooth Extraction
Dental work, while not a particularly fun way to spend your time, is nonetheless an incredibly important step to take when it comes to living a healthy and happy life. When you find yourself in need of some dental care, you should take care of the problem as quickly as possible. Remember that everything isn’t magically fixed just because you’ve had the procedure, however, because now it’s time to take care of your mouth as it heals! Tooth extractions are some of the most common procedures that dentists perform. And while the aftercare instructions regarding how to take care of your teeth after having a tooth pulled aren’t complicated, they are vital to the healing process.
BloodOne of the first things that you have to accept is that it is normal for your mouth to bleed after a tooth extraction. More specifically, even what seems like a significant amount of blood coming from the extraction site is not uncommon. The best thing you can do in this situation is to place some gauze packs directly over the wound and bite down, firmly but gently. Now maintain that pressure for at least 45 minutes. The consistent and steady pressure is what will help to get the bleeding under control. After 45 minutes, you can stop to reassess the situation and perhaps gently change the gauze if needed. Repeat this procedure as needed until the bleeding dies down. If you experience extremely heavy bleeding that does not seem to be stopping, give us a call so that we can help out.
PainAlthough the procedure itself is a common one, tooth extractions will generally cause some pain. This is to be expected, and it’s better to plan ahead for it and attempt to head the pain off at the pass than it is to wait for it to get really bad and then attempt to lessen it with painkillers. If you are given prescription pain medication after your extraction, take the medicine as prescribed. Even if your mouth doesn’t hurt yet, it is a good idea to take the medicine and have it in your system. The same goes for over the counter painkillers. Take the recommended dose consistently.
Food and DrinkIt is important that you give your mouth time to heal after an extraction. Generally, the first 24 hours are the most important. During this time, you should eat only soft food that is easy to swallow, and stay away from hot items. The heat can dissolve blood clots, and you need one to form over your wound to help promote the healing process. If you are unable to eat much, consider buying a meal replacement shake and trying that instead. It is important that you give your body the fuel it needs to heal.
RestFinally, you should spend the 24 hours after your procedure resting in bed or on the couch. Let the exercise and strenuous activities go for awhile.
If you have any concerns about your tooth extraction after leaving our offices, please don’t hesitate to call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576! We’re here and happy to help.