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Recovering From a Tooth Extraction
Want more information about the tooth extraction process? If you have recently found out that you need to have one or more of your teeth extracted, understanding what is involved will help you recover in a more timely manner. This is especially important because there are some things you must do and other things you must avoid.
About tooth extractions
Learning more about the tooth extraction process is a great idea, as there are two different types. The first is a simple tooth extraction, which means that a dental professional can easily see the tooth and therefore extract it from the mouth by using special dental tools. The second type of tooth extraction is a surgical tooth extraction, which means that a dental professional must make an incision in the gum line to extract the tooth.
Recovering from a tooth extraction
While every dental patient is different, the average amount of time patients can expect to recover from a tooth extraction is somewhere between seven and 10 days. The recovery information below includes details on what dental patients who have undergone a tooth extraction need to do and what they need to avoid in order to heal quickly and successfully.
Need to do: Take any necessary pain medication
According to Healthline, patients will most likely feel discomfort, soreness or pain after an extraction. Depending on the extent of the pain, patients can choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever or ask a dental professional for a pain prescription. Discomfort and/or pain should begin to subside about three days after the extraction has been performed.
Need to do: Leave the gauze in place for a few hours after the extraction
The reason it is so important for patients to leave the gauze in place for this amount of time is to ensure that a blood clot is formed. This blood clot plays a large part in the healing process. It is also necessary to prevent dry socket, a condition that can end up being quite painful.
Need to do: Rest, rinse, ice and eat soft foods
Every patient needs to rest for at least 24 hours after having a tooth extracted from the mouth. It is also important for patients to not rinse their mouth for 24 hours after the extraction process. An ice pack can be placed on the area in15-minute on-and-off intervals during the first 36 hours. Since the area will be sore for a few days, soft foods are recommended, e.g., oatmeal, pudding, soups, smoothies, etc.
What to avoid: Using a straw, brushing the area and smoking
It is essential for patients who have undergone a tooth extraction process to avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours, as this can loosen the blood clot. Brushing around the extracted area for at least 12 hours is necessary so as to not disturb it. Patients are encouraged to wait to smoke at least 48 hours after undergoing a tooth extraction, as smoking hinders the healing process.
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