If you plan to have teeth extracted, you need to be prepared. That is why we always provide post-operative instructions. The following information can also update you in this regard.
To recover from tooth extractions, it is important to rest and take it easy. When you are relaxing, prop your head on some pillows to reduce gingival bleeding and swelling. It also helps to apply ice packs for about 15 minutes, then wait 15 minutes before their reapplication. Applying the ice will help reduce swelling.
You also want to consume soft foods. Some of the foods you can eat include yogurt, fruit milkshakes, soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. It helps, as well, to eat foods that contain vitamins A and C to support healing. These foods include tuna, eggs, sweet potatoes, and stewed carrots. If we have prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take them, as directed. Doing so will prevent infections.
You will also recover from an extraction easier if you rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to an 8-ounce glass of lukewarm water. Do this after 24 hours, four times each day, unless we specifically tell you otherwise after the procedure. Rinse after each meal and snack, and make sure the rinse gets rid of any food or residue at the surgical site. Sometimes, we may prescribe chlorhexidine to kill any bacteria. Do not brush or floss the teeth normally at the site of the surgery until it has completely healed. However, you can still brush and floss the rest of your teeth.
After oral surgery, you do not want to overexert yourself, so avoid exercise for about three days after the extraction. An increased flow of blood can dislodge the blood clots that form in the mouth during the healing process. Also, do not eat hot drinks or foods until your local anesthesia finally wears off. Otherwise, you could burn or scald your mouth and tongue.
You can contact us anytime with any concerns about tooth extraction. If you have not scheduled a checkup in the last 6 months, give us a call today to set an appointment.