Tips for Healing After a Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a common practice for many adults, even though permanent teeth are supposed to last for a lifetime. 

There are many reasons a tooth extraction may be necessary, and they include:

  • Tooth decay 
  • Infections
  • Trauma that caused damage 
  • Crowded teeth 

When the dentist performs a tooth extraction, they remove the entire tooth from the socket leaving the area empty. 

Of course, ideally, you would be able to save and restore the tooth as missing teeth can lead to other problems, such as misalignments, jawbone loss, and so on. 

But, there are situations when that is not possible, and the healthiest thing to do is to remove it and restore oral health through dental crowns or implants. 

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Tooth extractions are done under local anesthesia, so you don't have to worry about feeling any pain. A level of discomfort can be felt, but that is normal. 

It's necessary to follow your dentist's instructions when it comes to oral care after the extraction to make sure the healing process goes without any unwanted surprises.

Ways to Help the Healing Process after a Tooth Extraction 

As we said, your Mauldin dentist will give you a list of recommendations to follow post-tooth removal.

Here are some tips from us, in case you need the information:

  • Keep good oral hygiene and the extraction site clean. Rinse your mouth and ask your dentist what mouthwash is best. You can also use salt mixed with water. 
  • Take off-the-counter medicine that your dentist has recommended to you and as indicated. You might also need to take antibiotics. 
  • Do not do any intense physical activities for 2-3 days after the extraction. It increases the chances of bleeding and can also be painful. 
  • Leave the gauze from the dentist in place for as long as you have been advised. 
  • Do not spit or use a straw for the next 24h after the extraction to avoid dislodging. 
  • Keep your head a bit elevated by using a thicker pillow when sleeping to avoid a slower healing process. 
  • Keep brushing and flossing your teeth to prevent bacteria from spreading, but avoid the extraction site. 
  • Apply ice to the area to reduce inflammation but be aware of how long you leave it on as it can cause tissue damage.

We Offer Tooth Extractions. Contact us! 

At Indigo Dental, we strive to offer the highest-quality dental care in a comfortable environment. That way, all that's left for you is to sit back and smile while we take care of your oral health. 

We offer various dental services, such as cosmetic, restorative, and preventive care. Our services are also personalized so that you can get the right treatment for your exact needs. 

For a detailed consultation with our doctors, Dr. Meagan Crosland & Dr. Michael Crosland, contact us anytime and schedule an appointment. 

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