Your natural teeth are ideal for eating and maintaining mouth as well as jawbone structure. Therefore, as dentists, we always aim to help restore and save your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is inevitable.
Before the procedure, we will make sure you’re comfortable and aware of the entire process. We take you through every step of the extraction, as well as the use of local anesthetics. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, feel free to contact us or come in for a consultation.
There are multiple reasons your teeth need to be removed, such as decay, disease, or trauma. Getting your tooth pulled is called a tooth extraction. After the procedure changes in your mouth occur, this is natural. We’ve created some guidelines to help you take care of healing, prevent complications, and make the overall recovery more comfortable.
We might have to place a gauze pack on the extraction site to limit any bleeding. It will also help to prevent a blood clot, which assures routine healing. Please make sure to keep the pack in place for the 30 – 45 minutes after leaving our office. Avoid chewing on the pack. After removal, there might be some additional bleeding. If so, please follow the steps below.
- Use a piece of clean gauze thick enough to bite on. Dampen it with clean, warm water and place it directly on the site.
- Close your teeth firmly over the pad to provide pressure. Make sure to maintain the pressure for at least 30 minutes. Whenever the gauze becomes soaked, replace it with a clean one.
- Avoid tension on the extraction site or disturbing it with your tongue.
- Please contact us if heavy bleeding continues.
Cleaning After Surgery
On the day of the procedure, after bleeding has stopped. Please make sure not to clean the teeth that are directly next to the healing socket for the next 24 hours. Do brush all your other teeth with extra care. We also recommend brushing your tongue, as this helps to get rid of any unpleasant tastes that are common after tooth extraction.
After 24 hours, you can begin to clean the teeth next to the healing site. Try gently rinsing your mouth with warm, clean salt water after meals to keep any food out of the extraction site. Avoid rinsing your mouth too hard, as this could loosen any formed cloth. In case you have high blood pressure, please let us know before the surgery so we can recommend the best treatment for you.
Avoid using traditional mouthwash products during the early healing period.
Swelling and other pain
After the removal of the tooth, it is normal to experience some slight swelling as well as pain at the extraction site. You can apply a cold compress to your face to ease the pain, such as an ice pack or cold cloth. We will provide you with instructions on how long and how often to use the compress.
Please do not take any pain medication unless we have told you so. If we prescribe medicine to control your pain and inflammation, please only use it as directed. When the pain medication doesn’t seem to work, contact us. Do not take any more medicine than directed.
Eating and drinking after tooth removal
On the day of the procedure, make sure to drink lots of water and eat soft foods. Do not drink any hot drinks such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Also, avoid alcoholic beverages. Do not use straws, as they cause a risk for disturbing the blood clot.
After 24 hours, you can slowly begin to eat solid foods again, as soon as you can chew without any pain. For the first week after the removal, try chewing on the opposite side of the extraction. When you do not experience any discomfort anymore, you can continue chewing as normal.
Other things we recommend
We value your comfort and therefore recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages as well as mouthwash with alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Please limit any physical activity such as exercise and lifting heavy objects for 24 hours after surgery.
If it any case the spot in your mouth turns dry, please contact us right away. So we can take proper care, and minimize your discomfort.
Please contact us right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting.
- Severe pain, swelling, or bleeding that doesn’t stop.
- If your pain gets worse with time instead of better.
If you are unable to reach us, please visit your nearest hospital emergency room.
At our dental offices, we care about you and your surgery process. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.