5 Important Tooth Extraction Aftercare Steps
When you have a tooth extracted or pulled, it will take a few days to heal. At Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and her staff can give you advice on tooth extraction aftercare you can rely on until you are fully healed.
Get Enough Rest
After any type of medical or dental procedure, you will want to make sure you get the rest you need. Any time your body experiences trauma, it needs rest to kick-start the healing process.
Do Not Smoke or Use a Straw
Once you have a tooth pulled, a blood clot will begin to form. As the clot forms, it blocks off the hole that the tooth left behind. Using a straw or smoking can dislodge the clot and re-open the hole. This can result in dry socket which can cause discomfort and slow down the healing process.
Eat Soft Foods
Try to eat soft foods for at least the first 48 hours after having a tooth extracted. Chewing can put pressure on the teeth, making them hurt more. As you chew your food and it starts to break up, small pieces can make their way into the hole that was left behind after the tooth was pulled.
Use a Saltwater Rinse Instead of Brushing on the day of tooth removal
Brushing soon after a tooth extraction may cause irritation that leads to bleeding. It can also cause the blood clot to be dislodged. Mix a small amount of salt in very warm water. Instead of forcing the water to swish between your teeth, let it flow slowly and smoothly so it doesn’t disrupt the clot or irritate the wound.
Request an Appointment
Use Over-the-Counter Pain Medication As Needed
Having a tooth extracted can be painful. If you need to take something for the pain, over-the-counter pain medications should be able to take care of any discomfort you may be experiencing.
If you have had your wisdom teeth removed or any other tooth pulled, Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and her staff at Lake Chaparral Dental Care have tips to offer to help you manage your pain and discomfort. Existing patients may call (403) 278-5272, while new patients can call (403) 768-2271 to schedule an appointment at Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, Alberta.Back to Wisdom Teeth Extractions Page