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Tooth Extraction Aftercare Guide

When people hear tooth extraction, they get afraid because, in this process, the damaged or decayed tooth is extracted from your mouth. Due to an unhygienic routine, we may generate a lot of bacterias in our mouth, which later leads to the formation of plaque that itself brings cavity and tooth decay. So if the treatment of plaque or cavity is not done on time, then you may have to go with the tooth extraction process, or otherwise, it will damage other neighboring teeth. The tooth extraction doesn’t always take place when you have a cavity; even if you have met any accident which broke your teeth or if you want to remove the wisdom tooth, then also you need to have the tooth extraction treatment.

For the extraction treatment, you need to consult your dentist, make sure the dentist is professional and has good experience in doing the extraction treatments. When you go to the dentist, they will do a checkup of your mouth, and based on the condition; the treatment will begin. 

The best part about tooth extraction is that you can save your other teeth from infection, decay, or cavity. But do you know, even after you go through successfully, there are some instructions after tooth extraction that you need to follow? And by instructions, I mean to say some Dos and Don’ts or Aftercare of Tooth Extraction.

So let us begin and starts with:

Dos after a Tooth Extraction:

  • After you’re done with the tooth extraction treatment, you need to give more care to your teeth. For instance, you need to properly give rest to your mouth. It is highly recommended that you should have some rest after the treatment; the time period for rest should be a minimum of 24 hours. Also, you should keep your head in an upright position on the pillow.
  • And if you see some form of a blood clot, don’t worry and ignore it as this blood clot will work as a preventive layer to allow the area to get healed. And once the process is done, the dentist will put the gauze near the extraction area. You need to bite it down, and it should be kept stable in the place for around one hour. When you do this, the gauze will put pressure on the wound, and so the bleeding will stop. Also, you shouldn’t chew the gauze; if the gauze is kept for more than 1 hour, it should be replaced with another one only if the bleeding doesn’t stop.
  • However, make sure you don’t chew on gauze pieces. If you can keep it in place longer, that’s best, but make sure to change the gauze after roughly every half hour, depending on the amount of bleeding. If once the clot forms, it becomes dislodge the nerve endings then becomes exposed. The nerves and capillaries spasm and constrict, limiting essential blood supply, which causes a delay in healing. If the bleeding persists for a few hours after the procedure, then try putting a wet tea bag on the site. The tannic acid present in the black tea helps to aid in the clotting process.
  • It is a good practice to put the ice pack on the side of your face where the extraction was performed. Whether or not you have swelling, applying ice-cube or packs would be the best thing to avoid any swelling. Usually, when the extraction is not complex, the swelling does not take place. It is common to have swelling after the treatment; in most cases, it occurs after 3 or 4 days of the treatment. Applying ice cubes is one of the easiest dental extraction aftercare that should be performed immediately after the treatment. The application should for 10-15 minutes for 1-2 hours a day.

Since you’re now aware of what are the dos for mouth care after tooth extraction. We should also be aware of things that we shouldn’t do in order to avoid any losses.

Don’ts after a Tooth Extraction:

  • It is strictly prohibited to avoid smoking for 3 – 4 days after the extraction. Because if you do so, the chemicals available in the smoke will damage the clot, so the protective cover won’t be applied and will not speed up the healing process.
  • You must already know that solid food shouldn’t be consumed after the treatment. Even if you feel the numbness, it doesn’t mean everything is fine; the strong feeling you get just because the area is numb. So you shouldn’t eat solid food items, and the time period to avoid these items is of 2 weeks. During this time, you could eat liquid food items such as yogurts, milkshakes, or soups.
  • You shouldn’t brush the area of extraction after the treatment; what you can do is rinse your mouth. Rinsing your mouth with warm water and salt will help to avoid any irritation that might occur post-treatment; also, it helps to clean the area of extraction. But be sure that you should only rinse after a minimum of 12 hours post-extraction.
  • People sometimes think that surgery is everything because they usually miss taking the medicines, or even if they take it, they go to some medical shops for it and avoid eating the medicines that are prescribed by the dentists. You may take painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs but be sure that those medicines are prescribed by the dentist who has done the treatment.
  • Most people have the habit of poking the area where the gap is created; if you do so, you are going to damage the area, and also, bleeding will occur. So never poke the location where the treatment is done.
  • There is a rumour that aspirin will help to avoid any pain. But NO, you should never take aspirin; if you think there is a need, you can go with ibuprofen. Aspirin can make your blood thinner, which will lead to the slow formation of the clot; hence healing process will be delayed.

So these were the Dos and Don’ts of the Tooth Extraction process. People who have gone through the tooth extraction or who want to have the extraction. Since you’re now aware of how to care for tooth extraction, so you should follow them in order to get efficient results.

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