Dental extractions are an everyday procedure that helps patients eliminate pain, disease, and infection. Most of the time, patients are concerned leading up to the procedure and how their dentist will manage to keep them comfortable during the appointment. You’ll find that your dentist will have implemented various ways to alleviate discomfort and anxiety, and that teeth extractions are much simpler than you thought! In many cases, extractions can be very short procedures to complete.
What comes next, after your procedure is over? You’ll want to take various steps to prevent infection and discomfort during your recovery. In most cases, you will need to have a gauze compress against the area for the first hour, until bleeding stops. For the first 24 hours it is important not to smoke, drink through straws, or drink carbonated beverages. Doing any of these things can interfere with cloth formation at the extraction site, causing a complication known as “dry socket.” Dry sockets are very uncomfortable, and can take up to 2 weeks for a patient to recover from. Instead, eat soft foods like pudding, gelatin, warm (not hot) soup, or ice cream.
A warm and cold compress may be alternated on the side of the face, near the extraction site. This limits any swelling that may occur after the procedure. Your dentist may also recommend that you take ibuprophen or even prescribe a pain reliever for you to take for a few days. Sometimes sutures may be needed. If so, your dentist will provide you with written home care instructions about how to manage the suture site until you return to have them removed.
Should you experience severe discomfort, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection, please contact your dentist immediately.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
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