What to do After a Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons that one may need a tooth extraction. Be it excessive tooth decay or tooth infection, it is oftentimes important to quickly and safely remove a decayed or infected tooth as soon as possible.
Patients usually have questions as to when they might recover from the procedure. Bleeding can even last for up to 24-hours after an extraction, which puts some patients off from proceeding with an extraction at all.
While recovery can take up to two weeks for fully healed gums, there are precautions that patients can take in order to help the healing process continue. A part of this is education, as it is important to understand what your body may be going through after a tooth extraction.
According to the experienced team at e.s.i. Healthy Dentistry, in the initial stages after an extraction, gauzes are key. “Keep biting on gauze for 10 minutes. Change gauze every 10 mins for the first hour,” e.s.i. experts explain. This allows for the bleeding to be minimized, while clean guazes can soak up blood more effectively.
A useful tip for those who do not have, or have run out of gauze, is using a tea-bag for a similar effect. It is important that after an extraction, one does not smoke or eat harsh, crunchy foods. It is especially important that excessive spices are avoided as well.
Possible side-effects of a tooth extraction are nausea, and while some believe it is best to remedy this with pain medication, often after a tooth extraction a patient is on an empty stomach. e.s.i. Healthy Dentistry suggests carbonated drinks, mild teas, and clear soups that are easily digestible following a tooth extraction.
Tooth extraction is a safe and effective procedure, though infections may occur. e.s.i. suggests checking out for signs of swelling or increased pain. You would do well to contact e.s.i.’s office should any of these symptoms arise.
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