Sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary to protect your oral health. This can be the case if you have a problematic wisdom tooth that grows in crooked or fails to erupt through the gums. Perhaps you have a decayed tooth that cannot be properly repaired with root canal therapy. At Bridge Dental Care, we will only recommend a tooth extraction when it is in your best interest.
Follow these tips to promote a smooth recovery after your tooth extraction!
After an extraction, it’s critical to prioritize resting so your body can focus on recovery. Keep your head elevated with a few pillows when sleeping. Avoid strenuous activities, such as vigorous exercise, bending, and lifting, for several days.
Eat Soft Foods
It is common to experience discomfort after an extraction, which can make chewing and eating difficult. Focus on eating nutrient-dense, soft foods. These will be less likely to irritate the affected area and give your body the fuel it needs to heal. We recommend drinking plenty of water and eating foods like:
- Scrambled Eggs
- Pureed Soups
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Mashed Potatoes
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
When eating and drinking, avoid using a straw. The suction can dislodge the blood clot and prolong the healing process. Additionally, do your best to chew on the opposite side of the extraction to reduce irritation.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
After your procedure, we'll give you a gauze pad to place over the extraction area with gentle pressure. This will absorb any blood. Replace it as needed until the bleeding stops (let us know if it doesn't!).
Keeping your mouth clean to prevent infection will be critical in the days and weeks following your extraction. Do not rinse, spit, or swish for 24 hours. Brush your other teeth and tongue, avoiding the extraction site. About 48 hours after your extraction, start performing gentle salt water rinses after meals and gently brush around the extraction area, as tolerated.
Notify Our Team If You Have Any Dental Concerns!
Let us know if you experience any problems during your recovery. Our team would be happy to help.
Preventive dental care during your recovery includes brushing and flossing, consuming a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco products. And when you recovery, come visit us for a routine cleaning! At Bridge Dental Care, we provide comprehensive dental services, including cleanings and exams, for new and returning patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.