What You Should Do After a Tooth Extraction

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If one of your teeth has suffered severe decay or damage, we may do what we can to save the tooth. There are times, however, when the tooth is beyond saving and to protect your health it needs to be extracted. Today, we would like to provide a brief explanation of what you can expect after your tooth extraction is completed.

To help prevent an infection, it may be crucial to keep the immediate area around the extraction clean. For at least the initial 24 hours, you should not smoke, clean the teeth neighboring your extraction site or rinse out your mouth vigorously. You also shouldn’t use a straw, or you may develop a dry socket.

If you have discomfort, you may take over the counter medications like ibuprofen, and ice can be used to reduce swelling. When the swelling has been reduced, warm compresses may be used to help relieve any lingering discomfort you may experience.

After a tooth extraction, you may want to eat soft foods for the first few days. Dr. Golgoun Habibi may provide you with a list of suggestions. You could then begin to eat other foods if you feel comfortable in doing so, but keep in mind that you don’t want to irritate your extraction site.

Would you like more information about tooth extractions in Mountain View, California? If so, please make an appointment at Aesthetics & Essentials Dental Group at 650-623-0003. Our friendly team would be happy to assist you with your dental health concerns.