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Teeth Tips: Extraction Aftercare

Last updated 6 years ago

Dental extractions are usually performed for one of two reasons: either a tooth must be pulled because there isn’t enough room for it or the tooth is decayed beyond the possibility of repair.  After a tooth extraction, it’s important to follow certain aftercare steps from your dentist. Learn more by reading below:

  • Control the Bleeding

The first focus of your recovery after a tooth extraction is to control the bleeding. Bite down gently on gauze pads to apply the necessary pressure to help stop bleeding.  When the pads become soaked with blood, replace them with fresh gauze. Be sure to prop up your head to help slow bleeding, as laying back may increase bleeding.

A big part of aftercare is ensuring the blood clot that forms to stop bleeding remains intact. For the first several hours, it is important that you don’t rinse your mouth, because this may wash away the blood clot. Don’t drink out of a straw as sucking on a straw may dislodge the blood clot. Also, eat soft foods like gelatin, pudding, and thin soup to nourish your body as it heals. These foods also won’t irritate the extraction site.

  • Rinse Your Mouth

After the first 12 hours post-surgery, you may begin rinsing your mouth.  Using a warm salt-water solution of 1 teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of water, rinse your mouth every two hours to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

  • Rest

Relax after your tooth extraction.  Rest will help your body focus on healing.  In addition, physical activity can cause bleeding, so take it easy for a few days before returning to normal activities

  • Take Pain Medication

The dentist who performs your tooth extraction will prescribe you pain medication to take after surgery.  Follow the directions provided by your dentist, and keep up with your pain medication schedule to ensure that you’re not in pain while you recover.

In New York City, rely on the expert dentists at Central Park West Dentistry for all of your dental needs.  From cosmetic dentistry to emergency dental services, we serve NYC with an excellent staff and friendly care.  Schedule your appointment today by calling (212) 579-8885.


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