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Tips For Recovering From a Tooth Extraction


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
Image of a tooth that has already been extracted at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS. Tooth extraction is undeniably one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. If you have just undergone a tooth extraction or you are planning on getting one, here are a few tips to help with the recovery process:

Take Your Pain Medication as Directed


A little swelling, pain, and discomfort after a tooth extraction is inevitable. Ensure that you take your pain medication as directed by the dentist. The dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. You must ensure that you take the antibiotics as directed to ensure healing.

Rest


It is important to ensure that you limit strenuous activities during the recovery process. Therefore, avoid exercise and lifting heavy objects for at least the first two days. Strenuous activities can cause an elevated heart rate, which will cause bleeding and even discomfort.

Keep the Tooth Extraction Area Clean


One of the best ways to ensure a speedy and complete recovery is to ensure that you keep the tooth extraction area clean. You should clean the area by rinsing it with antibacterial mouthwash at least two or three times daily. However, it is of great importance that you do not brush over the area as this could cause bleeding.

Stick to a Soft Food Diet


After your procedure, it is best to stick to a diet that involves soft foods such as mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, and even eggs. It is also important to stay hydrated, so you should also consume liquids such as water and fresh fruit juices. However, avoid drinking with straws as this could dislodge the blood clot that will form on the extraction area.

Reduce Swelling and Bleeding


Selling after the procedure is inevitable. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack on your cheek close to the extraction area. It is normal to experience a little bleeding after the tooth extraction. However, should the bleeding persist for more than one day or the wound continue to bleed heavily, it is best to consult with your dentist.
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