Getting a tooth pulled by your dentist can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to expect pre-, during, and post-procedure will help you be better prepared and reduce pain and discomfort after the operation. The healing process may take some time, but some guidelines ensure your body can heal as quickly as possible. You must be aware of the potential side effects and take the necessary precautions to ensure a smooth recovery after tooth extraction.
What to Know about the Recovery Period
This procedure is often done and usually only takes a week to heal. However, depending on the severity of the situation, recovery may take longer. It is important to listen to your dentist’s advice and take proper care of the area where the tooth was removed to speed up recovery time.
After removing a wisdom tooth, it is important to take extra care of your mouth. It may take several months for the wound to heal completely, so it is important to be aware of any signs of infection even weeks after the surgery. Pay close attention to the area and practice good oral hygiene to ensure proper healing.
It’s advisable to abstain from strenuous activities the day after your surgery, as this may disrupt the stitches or the clot that has formed over the surgical incision. It’s best to take it easy and let your body heal properly, so don’t:
- Work out vigorously.
- Drink from a straw.
Heal Naturally by Following These Tips
- Eat a balanced diet: After tooth extraction, only eat foods that are easy to chew and not too hot or cold. Even if you don’t feel like it, eating healthy meals is important for healing. Instead of unhealthy snacks, try drinking fruit and vegetable juices for a healthy option.
- Maintain oral hygiene routine: Avoid using an electric toothbrush while your mouth is healing, and be careful not to brush over any operated areas. Your doctor may prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash which should be used two times a day for one to two weeks.
Additionally, do not use over-the-counter mouth rinses such as Listerine, Scope, or other products that were not prescribed. Rinsing with a warm saltwater solution four times a day, starting a day after your medical procedure, can help your body heal. This natural remedy is an effective and gentle way to facilitate healing.
- Avoid tobacco products: Avoid smoking or using tobacco after having a tooth pulled, as it may lead to a very painful dry socket. If you experience increased pain, swelling, or any other concerns after a few days since the extraction, consult your doctor for treatment of a possible dry socket.
It’s important to contact your dentist or oral surgeon right away if you are having any issues with your recovery, like trouble swallowing, breathing, sudden fever, a bloody nose, or continuous bleeding.
Patients must maintain proper health procedures to ensure their extraction wound(s) heal fastest. Remember these recovery tips, and you’ll be in the pink of health in no time!
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