Many people undergo tooth extractions every year. The reasons behind each extraction are different; some are to relieve patients from the pain of an impacted wisdom tooth, others to make room for dental implants or surgery. Whatever the case, extraction can be a painful procedure to recover from. We want our patients to recover quickly and without pain so we’ve come up with four foolproof tips to make tooth extraction recovery a breeze.

  1. Make sure you bite down on the provided gauze pad for at 30 to 45 minutes to create a healthy clot. If bleeding or oozing persists, continue to bite down for another 30 minutes.
  2. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, drink through a straw or rinse vigorously fore a whole day. This can dislodge your clot and impede healing.
  3. For swelling, and pain turn to ice packs for instant relief. If pain is intense, use your prescribed medications as directed. Don’t forget your antibiotics to stave off infection.
  4. Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours to keep your teeth clean and encourage continuous healing.

Recovering from a tooth extraction doesn’t have to be a painful, drawn-out process. By following these four steps you’ll experience a speedy recovery. If you have questions about your upcoming tooth extraction or one that was performed in the past, please give us a call today.