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Managing Discomfort After an Extraction

Dental extractions require a special amount of care in order to manage discomfort, proper healing, and avoiding possible infection. In the beginning, discomfort may be more noticeable but it begins to recede after a few days. Most tooth extraction sites are completely healed within 2 weeks! In order to prevent discomfort and manage any irritation following your procedure, it’s very important for patients to carefully follow their home care instructions that were given to them on the day of their procedure.

Follow proper dosing of pain relief medication that is prescribed by your doctor. Whether it’s an over-the-counter drug or a prescription pain reliever, taking it at the appropriate dosage and on the right time schedule can prevent pain from recurring when it is otherwise avoidable. If the medication irritates your stomach that does not mean you’re allergic to the medicine, it most likely just means you need to have some food in your stomach before you take the medication. Drinking a glass of milk or eating gelatin first can help.

Avoid chewing on hard, solid food until a few days have passed. Select soft foods like mashed potatoes, soup, ice cream or gelatin. That way you won’t irritate the clot developing in your extraction site, or hurt yourself if you accidentally chew near that area.

Alternate a warm and cold compress to the side of your face for the rest of the day following your treatment. This can help prevent inflammation from occurring. Rinsing with warm salt water is also a natural way to prevent inflammation, but be sure to rinse softly so as not to disturb the clot in your extraction site.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



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