How to Care for Yourself After an Extraction
Dental extractions are a fairly common procedure, especially with issues like wisdom teeth coming in for many people. Depending on your unique procedure and any follow-up treatments that you may need, your dentist will guide you through your unique after-care needs. However, here are some of the things you can expect:
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
- Dietary restrictions: You will most likely have dietary restrictions for a period of time while your extraction site heals. Normally this consists of eating only soft foods, nothing sticky or crunchy, and avoiding extremely hot or cool food and drinks as well. You also should avoid sucking motions, so you will need to avoid using straws for your drinks as well.
- Rinsing: Your dentist may recommend that you use a salt-water rinse on the extraction site several times a day. This helps to keep the area clean, and it also helps to lessen swelling and bleeding over time.
- Gauze pads: In some instances, you may have gauze pads placed in your mouth over the extraction sites to help stop any bleeding. You may need to change these out for the first few days to make sure they do not become too soaked. When the bleeding stops, you normally do not have to use these pads any longer.
- Avoid physical activity: Being active right after an extraction surgery can increase bleeding, so it's often recommended that you avoid activity for a few days while the areas heal. The movement involved in exercising active can agitate the affected area.
- Brushing: You'll want to continue brushing your teeth and tongue while the healing process continues, but you should be very gentle near the affected area, and you may avoid brushing that area in the first day after your procedure in some cases.
Dental Extractions in Pflugerville and Marble Falls
If you have any questions about your care after an extraction, the best way to get them answered is to consult your dentist and team. If you think you may need an extraction, give our office a call to schedule a consultation to get started.