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What to Expect after Your Tooth Extraction

Posted on 12/27/2015 by Tricia Ramsay
A man suffering from an infected tooth that need to be extracted.Is there a tooth extraction surgery in your future? Tooth extractions are extremely common dental procedures, and as long as you take proper precautions after the surgery, you'll be back to your old self in no time.


After your tooth has been extracted, you'll be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze for 30 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop after this time period, you can use a clean piece of gauze to repeat the process. In some cases, biting down on a tea bag may also be helpful.

Be sure to take any pain medication that has been recommended by your surgeon, and anti-inflammatory drugs like Motrin and Advil have also been shown to decrease pain. You may also want to place ice on your jaw to reduce swelling, but this will only be helpful within the first 24 hours after extraction. After this time period, you can use warm heat to deal with soreness.

Immediately after your extraction surgery, you'll need to make some changes to your diet. Eat only soft foods, and avoid hard foods or food items that might be hot. You should avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after your surgery, and avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the extraction was completed.

Brushing and Flossing

You should avoid brushing or otherwise disturbing the extraction sites for the first 24 hours following your surgery. Commercial mouth rinses may irritate the extraction site, but 24 hours after the procedure you can rinse out your mouth with a warm salt water solution.

Healing will typically take two weeks' time, but it could require up to six months for the soft tissue to regrow. By having patience and taking the proper steps as outlined by your surgeon, you will speed up the healing process.

Please contact us if you have any questions about tooth extractions.
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