06 Mar AFTERCARE FOR TOOTH EXTRACTION – ELITE DENTAL CARE TRACY
Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure among adults due to dental issues. Though it’s a permanent tooth, it must be extracted if there is an underlying dental problem. However, tooth extraction is prevented by following good dental hygiene right from the beginning. But how should you care for your teeth after the extraction is done? Let’s have a detailed overview of the aftercare for tooth extraction.
WHY IS THE TOOTH EXTRACTED?
Tooth extraction happens when you develop a dental issue that cannot be cured, and extraction remains the final resort. Dental issues which lead to extraction of a tooth include
• Tooth Decay: When the cavities reach the tooth root, they decay the tooth. This decay happens due to the consumption of sugary and acidic foods, followed by improper dental hygiene.
• Gum Diseases: When there is a plaque build-up on the gum line, gums weaken and loosen their hold on the tooth. This leads to the extraction of the tooth.
• Crowded Teeth: Sometimes, you develop an uneven set of permanent teeth where the teeth lie crowded. To even the teeth lineup, the extra teeth are removed.
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR RECOVERY FROM TOOTH EXTRACTION
Tooth extraction is a little painful procedure, and good aftercare is necessary to keep the remaining teeth safe and intact. Depending on the location of the tooth to be extracted, and the procedure followed for extraction, the recovery period may vary from 5 days to 10 days. Follow the below steps to ensure quick recovery post the tooth extraction surgery.
• Soon after the procedure, a blood clot develops in the treated area. To stop the bleeding, the dentist places a gauze pad an asks you to bite on it. Leave the gauze pad until the bleeding stops.
• There is visible swelling in the affected area, and to find relief from the swelling, apply an ice pack at regular intervals for 10 minutes at a time.
• Consume the prescribed medicines and painkillers to heal quicker and reduce the pain.
• Do not exhaust yourself with too much work or stress. Limit your regular activities for at least 24 hours post the extraction.
• Do not spit out or rinse your mouth for 24 hours post the tooth extraction.
• Do not eat or drink anything immediately after the surgery. You can eat ice cream or drink cold milk after 45 minutes of the procedure. Eat or drink only cold stuff to soothe the pain post the extraction.
• After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water for relief from pain.
• Consume soup, yogurt, pudding and soft foods that do not inflict in the affected area.
• Start consuming little harder foods gradually and then slowly return to your normal routine.
• While lying down, use a double pillow to keep your head and face elevated as lying on a flat surface can extend the healing period.
• Do not consume alcohol or smoke after the tooth is extracted.
• You can resume brushing and flossing of teeth and tongue cleaning post 24 hours but be careful with the extracted site. A little pressure on that site can cause bleeding.
• Makes sure to follow ideal oral hygiene to stay away from tooth decays and extraction of a tooth in future.
Follow the above steps, along with practising good oral hygiene to keep your natural teeth protected for a lifetime. If you have a decayed tooth and want it to be extracted, visit https://www.theelitedental.com