Your dentist will give you lots of instructions to follow after having a tooth extracted. In fact, there may seem to be so many of them that you’ll have to read over the home care instructions sheet after your appointment so that you don’t forget them all. The list may seem to go on and on, but the reasons behind each of these home care steps has a single purpose: to aid in your recovery time and the successful healing of your dental procedure.
Avoiding cigarettes and smoking of any kind is extremely important after you’ve had a wisdom tooth extraction or any other tooth extracted. That’s because the cigarette smoke can interfere with the ability of the blood to clot in the socket. Inappropriate healing or lack of blood supply in these areas (caused by the smoke) can cause a very painful condition called dry socket. Dry sockets take much longer to heal than an extraction in a healthy mouth, and are known to cause severe pain for a prolonged period before healing finally takes place.
Other types of things you should avoid after an extraction include drinking through a straw, consuming carbonated beverages, and vigorous rinsing. Carefully follow your dentist’s directions after your procedure to ensure a quick, successful recovery period from your oral surgery.
If you’re experiencing any type of discomfort or complications after your extraction, contact your dentist as soon as possible. It may be necessary to prescribe a medication or to directly place a medication into the specific area of your mouth. Applying a cold compress to the side of your face and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications are also useful.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
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