How to Take Care of Yourself After Tooth Extraction
Ask any dentist, and he or she will tell you that tooth extraction is always a treatment of last resort. But once other options have been exhausted, it might be necessary to pull a tooth to protect the health of the rest of your teeth. For example, if you have wisdom teeth, they might be impacted and painful, or they might be breaking the surface of the gum and starting to cause crowding with the rest of your teeth.
If you have a tooth extraction—including those that require oral surgery—in your future, rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Robert Rahm, your Chesterfield, MO dentist. He has the experience and quality touch to set your mind at ease during the procedure. Afterward, it’s up to you to take good care of yourself afterward. Here’s what you can do to promote quick healing.
Protect the Clot That Forms at the Extraction Site
This essential clot protects the extraction site. If you disturb this clot, it results in a painful condition known as “dry socket” that you’ll want to avoid. Don’t smoke or use a straw as the sucking motion can loosen the clot.
Practice Good Oral Health Care Habits
Don’t brush in the hours after the procedure, but do what you can to keep your mouth clean by rinsing gently with plain water.
Get Plenty of Rest
Your body needs time to heal afterward, so get plenty of rest. Take a day or two off work if possible, and skip your normal gym routine.
Be Careful With What You Eat
Stick to soft, nutritious foods until you can slowly introduce other foods. Avoid chewing at the site.
Keep Pain and Swelling Down
Take pain medication as recommended or try over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice can treat minor swelling.
If you have any questions about healing, ask your Chesterfield dentist Dr. Rahm for more information on taking care of yourself after oral surgery.