Though aftercare for tooth extraction may differ based on the type of extraction and location of your tooth, you can usually expect to heal in a matter of 7 to 10 days. It’s important to do what you can to keep the blood clot in place in the tooth socket. Dislodging it can cause what’s called dry socket, which can be painful.
1) DO NOT RINSE MOUTH TODAY
Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
Following extractions some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
Ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the operated area; one-half hour on, and one-half hour off for 4-5 hours.
For mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If the doctor prescribes a specific pain medication, follow the instructions and do not mix with other medications unless approved by your doctor.
Light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Candies and hard foods are avoidable after extraction care.
6) BONY EDGES
Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to our office for their simple removal.
7) If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once and make appointments.
8) The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.
9) Smoking and alcohol intake is prohibited after the procedure.
10) Drinking hot liquids are not advisable for these can harm the operation.
11) It is not advisable to drink using straw and lying in flat surfaces.
12) Anything that can trigger the oral wound.
If you’re experiencing serious pain, please contact us at Dr. Peter K. Cocolis, Jr., DMD and Associates for an appointment.