Dental Guide: 10 Facts To Consider Post-Tooth Extraction

Many of us have had to experience the aftermath of a tooth extraction sometime or the other in our lives. Those who minutely followed the post extraction directives provided by the dentist might not have suffered too much of an issue in the recovery phase. However, there are plenty of us for whom it was not a complete smooth sailing. Given below is the course of action one should ideally take during the recovery period, immediately after an extraction is done.

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Things To Keep In Mind Immediately After An Extraction:

  1. The first thing to do is to take it easy for the rest of the day. Exercises and workout should kept limited and emphasis should be laid on resting for the better part of the day.

  2. One should avoid hot food or drinks initially. Due to dental sedation, one might not feel any pain or sensation till the anaesthetic wears off and as a result, one might end up burning his mouth.

  3. It is advisable to not eat on the side of the extraction site for the first day and a half. This might damage the blood clot and increase the chances of an infection in the socket. This will hamper the healing procedure.

  4. One should keep his head higher at night while sleeping to resist any kind of bleeding. Just as a precaution, sleeping with a towel on the pillow is wise in case there is bleeding.

  5. For the first 24 hours especially, alcohol should be avoided at any cost. Alcohol can encourage more bleeding, which is not prescribed at all. It can also have a detrimental impact on the overall healing process.

  6. After an extraction is done, it is imperative to maintain dental hygiene by brushing at regular intervals. But, one needs to be careful with the extraction site and undertake measures to not further damage the wound.

  7. A little bit of bleeding is normal post a tooth extraction. In such a case, a little bit of pressure should be applied to the socket to stop the bleeding. Ideally, placing a folded piece of handkerchief directly over the extraction site and biting on it for around 15 minutes should work.

  8. One should not do anything that increases the blood pressure as it leads to further bleeding. So, for the first 36 hours at least after the extraction, one should avoid smoking cigarettes.

  9. One should expect some tenderness and pain for the first few days after the tooth extraction is done. Simple pain relief pills should ease the discomfort in such cases. It has to be kept in mind that anything containing aspirin should be avoided as it can thin the blood slightly. As a result, one might experience further bleeding. It’s best to consult the doctor or the dentist before deciding to have any pill.

  10. Another source of severe pain is when one acquires infection in the socket. In such a case, there is no blood clot in the socket and the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This particular pain can sometimes be worse than a toothache as small pieces of bone work their way to the surface of the socket. A visit to the dentist is a must at this time as he might place a dressing in the socket or even prescribe a course of antibiotics in order to gain relief from the infection.

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