When a dentist removes your tooth, you must take care of your mouth to heal and feel better faster. To keep the extraction site safe and encourage healing, practice good hygiene and use these tips to promote recovery.

If you have questions or concerns about after tooth extraction care, contact Family Dentistry of New Jersey (FDNJ). We have three-plus decades of experience and will happily assist you in managing your dental health.

Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

You can aid recovery by following several tooth extraction care tips after your dentist removes your tooth:

  • Manage bleeding: For the extraction site to heal, it must clot. Your dentist will give you gauze to apply pressure, allowing the tooth socket to stop bleeding. It’s normal for this area to bleed the first day. Keep clean gauze handy to control bleeding during this time.
  • Clean the extraction site: Gently rinse your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash or clean the site as your dentist recommends. Avoid brushing the extraction area until it’s healed. You can floss and brush the rest of your mouth as usual.
  • Minimize pain: Your dentist may prescribe painkillers or guide you on what over-the-counter medicine you can take to manage pain. Following a medical professional’s advice on what painkillers are suitable is essential. Using the wrong type may cause blood thinning and bleeding. You should also take other directed medications, like antibiotics, to reduce pain and maximize healing.
  • Mitigate swelling: If your dentist gives you the go-ahead, you can use ice packs to reduce swelling. Wrap the ice pack in a clean, thin cloth or towel and gently place it on your cheek near the extraction site. Ice the area for 20 minutes at a time and take 10-minute breaks in between.
  • Take time to rest: Limit activities like exercising and lifting heavy objects for at least 24 to 72 hours after the extraction. When lying down, use a pillow to raise your head slightly. Rest helps the wound clot and heal.

Additional After-Tooth Extraction Care Tips

Here are a few additional tips to help your mouth heal optimally:

  • Foods to eat after tooth extraction: Eat soft, healthy foods and snacks and drink plenty of water. Avoid seeds or any items that may lodge in the wound.
  • Things to avoid post-removal: Avoid alcohol mouthwash for the first few days — it may delay healing. In addition, don’t drink through a straw, spit, suck on candy or ice pops, slurp liquids, or rinse your mouth vigorously.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Contact a medical professional if:

  • Your pain worsens after 24 hours.
  • You cannot control the bleeding.
  • You notice increased swelling at the extraction site.
  • You get a fever or rash or start to vomit or itch.

Get Professional Tooth Extraction Care With FDNJ

A tooth extraction may be the best way to eliminate an infection or deal with a fractured tooth. You can rest assured knowing that quick recovery is possible when you follow your dentist’s guidance for this routine procedure.

Contact FDNJ to request an appointment. We’re committed to providing stellar family dental care and will happily answer any questions or concerns you have about extraction or follow-up procedures.

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