Dental extractions are not only common, they’re a necessity for many people. Sometimes teeth that are causing pain just have to go. They may be so damaged or decayed, they’re doing more harm than good.
And then there’s those nuisance wisdom teeth. Some people can live with them their entire lives. For others, though, they can cause nothing but problems.
Yes, dental extractions have spared a lot of people years of chronic mouth and tooth pain. The procedure is quick – I can have a tooth out in mere minutes – and recovery, can be rather uneventful as well, if you know what to expect.
Immediately following a tooth extraction, I recommend the following:
- Consider having someone drive you home when you leave the office. Also have that designated person fill any prescriptions.
- Steer clear of alcoholic beverages. While you may want to celebrate having that troublesome tooth out of your mouth, alcohol may cause bleeding and delay the healing process.
- Be careful of food and drinks, especially hot ones, as anesthetic wears off. You won’t be able to feel heat properly and may burn your mouth.
- Don’t panic if there is some bleeding the first 24 hours after surgery. This is common, and bleeding will subside.
- Don’t rinse your mouth for the first day. Instead, press gauze firmly on the bleeding socket, holding it for 15 minutes each time. Call our office if bleeding persists.
- Have ice packs handy to relieve any swelling in your face.
- After the first 24 hours, you may rinse your mouth twice a day with a glass of warm salt water to encourage healing.
Getting a tooth pulled is no picnic. But, getting rid of a painful damaged tooth is a necessity for your comfort and quality of life.