Tooth Extraction: An Aftercare Treatment Guide

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Preserving the natural tooth is always the best choice. However, there can be instances wherein the tooth needs to be pulled out in order to prevent further damage and ensure the condition of oral health. The common reasons why the tooth needs to be extracted include severely decayed or infected tooth, dental trauma, gum disease, teeth crowding, or impacted wisdom teeth.

Of course, like any other procedure, there can be certain complications, such as infections and dry socket. However, to prevent these things from happening, patients must be aware of and observe the proper aftercare treatment. Following the aftercare treatment, diligently can help speed up their recovery and prevent unpleasant things from happening.

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We at NJ Laser Dentistry, have prepared the list of aftercare treatments to help our patients ensure a comfortable and speedy recovery. Here are the following aftercare treatment instructions:

  • Bite gently but firmly on the gauze pad placed by the dentist for at least a few hours or until it becomes soaked with blood in order to allow the clot to form and reduce the bleeding. Change the gauze pad as necessary.
  • Take the prescribed painkillers to alleviate pain and inflammation.
  • Have plenty of rest for at least a day after the extraction and limit activity for the next couple of days.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area immediately after the procedure to minimize swelling. Apply it for 10 minutes at a time. 
  • Avoid drinking from a straw for the first 24 hours to avoid dislodging the blood clot formed.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours following the extraction. This can also cause the clot formed in the socket to dislodge.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking creates the same pressure in the mouth as to using a straw and rinsing do. It is best to avoid smoking throughout the entire healing process or to stop smoking at all as it could affect the blood clot formed. Smoking will not only inhibit healing, but it can also cause damage to oral and overall health.
  • Eating soft foods such as pudding, yogurt, soup, and more during the healing process is recommended as these foods do not require a lot of chewing and are unlikely to become trapped in the empty socket.
  • Elevate the head with pillows when lying down. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • Continue practicing good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing the teeth. However, make sure to avoid the extraction site to prevent infection.

Looking for a safe and pain-free procedure? Book an appointment with us. NJ Laser Dentistry has caring and dedicated staff to help you feel pleasant during your Tooth Extractions in Tinton Falls, NJ.