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5 Important Tooth Extraction Aftercare Steps

Tooth Extraction After Care inCalgary AB Area

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 removalĀ 

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.

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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.

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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

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