Step Three : After tooth extraction
You will be sent you home to recover. It normally takes a few days.
To reduce discomfort, the risk of infection, and speed your recovery:
- Take painkillers as prescribed
- Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood
- Otherwise, leave the pad in place for three to four hours after the extraction
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
- Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water
- Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours
- Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing
- Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, and yoghurt one day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals
- When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but avoid the extraction site.
Following the above will help prevent infection.