Are you preparing for your tooth extraction? Your dentist will surely tell you everything you need to know about what to do after the extraction and how to promote healing. But, if you are anxious to learn more about the healing process so that you are better prepared, then this article is for you.
Immediately after the extraction, Dr. Renas will ask you to bite down on a gauze to help stop bleeding. You should bite down on this gauze for at least 30 minutes after the extraction. If the bleeding persists, you can replace the gauze with a fresh piece.
The gauze also plays an important role in helping the blood clot form on the extraction site, so make sure to keep it in place as instructed.
Swelling and pain are common side effects of tooth extraction. You can use an ice pack to reduce swelling, but be sure to only apply it for 10 minutes at a time with a 20-minute break in between.
Dr. Renas may also prescribe over-the-counter pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
For the first few days following the extraction, it is best to stick to soft, cool foods such as soup, yogurt, and applesauce. Avoid hot foods and drinks and anything crunchy or chewy that could irritate the extraction site.
The best way to promote healing is to keep the extraction site and your mouth clean. Avoid brushing or flossing the extraction area in the first 24 hours after the procedure. After the first day, you can gently brush the area with a soft-bristled toothbrush, but be sure to avoid the extraction site itself.
The healing time for tooth extraction can vary depending on the type of extraction performed and your overall health. In general, the first few days after the extraction are the most uncomfortable, with pain and swelling starting to subside after about three days.
It takes about two weeks for the extraction site to completely heal. During this time, it's important to follow all aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Renas, including avoiding smoking or using a straw, which can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the extraction site.
A dry socket, a condition where the blood clot dislodges from the extraction site, can occur if you are not careful. If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, or signs of infection such as fever or chills, contact Dr. Renas immediately.
Whether it's about tooth extractions or any other service that our Saginaw dentist offers, don't hesitate to contact us. You can do so by getting in touch with us online or by calling us at (817)420-6676.
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