How to Recover from a Tooth Extraction

A tooth that has been extracted from a patient with a pair of dental pliers.As much as we try to do whatever possible to keep a natural tooth intact, some circumstances make it necessary to extract certain teeth from time to time. This procedure is something we perform on a regular basis and is nothing to be concerned about. The largest concern many patients have is what they will need to do to recover from the procedure. The good news is that you will be aware of your surroundings and be able to function normally after the extraction. The bad news is that you will need to take it easy for 24 hours and will have to modify your diet for a few days.

Tooth Extraction Recovery

Following are a few more examples of what you should to in order to bounce back to your normal life faster:

  • Keep gauze on the area for a few hours following the procedure. The less you interrupt the gauze, the faster the area will clot and you will stop bleeding.
  • Apply ice to the area to help keep the swelling to a minimum.
  • Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours.
  • Once 24 hours is up, you can rinse but very gently.
  • Eat liquid/soft foods for the first day and slowly work your way up from there; it may take a few days to get back to a normal diet.
  • Avoid any type of tobacco.
  • Brush your teeth as normal, yet do not brush the area of extraction.

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