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Tips for Gentle Self-Care Following Your Extraction

May 23, 2017
Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS and staff
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After a tooth extraction, your body needs time to heal. How long healing will take depends on a number of factors including whether you had a surgical or simple extraction if your tooth was impacted, and your overall health. How you care for yourself after surgery will also have an impact on how long and how effectively you heal.

Here are some suggestions for gentle self-care following your procedure.

Take Pain Medications as Directed

During your extraction, we will thoroughly anesthetize your tooth, so that you can enjoy comfortable treatment. It is important to take your over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as directed so that you do not experience pain.

Skipping doses and taking them too early or late may result in discomfort that is completely avoidable with proper pain management.

Rinse Gently after 24 Hours

Twenty-four hours past your surgery, you can gently rinse with warm salt water to keep your extraction site clean. It is important to do this gently so that it does not dislodge any of the healing tissue inside your extraction site.

Avoid chewing in the area of your dental extraction because the pressure of chewing can damage the area as it heals.

Avoid Smoking or Drinking through a Straw

The suction created from smoking and drinking through a straw may dislodge the tissue required to keep the healing site comfortable. If you smoke or drink through a straw, you may acquire a condition called dry socket, which feels quite painful and slows down the whole recovery process.

Eat milkshakes or other beverages with a spoon and avoid smoking or tobacco use altogether to ensure proper healing and comfort.

Call Your Jonesboro Dentist With Any Conce

You should feel significantly better in about five days. Fortunately, the mouth is fast healing. If you feel you need a dental extraction in the Jonesboro area, come in for an evaluation with Dr. Bartels. He will walk you through every step of the process so you have a great outcome.

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