Tiger Family Dental

Dos and Don'ts Following Oral Surgery

August 9, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Jon Ehlers

There are a variety of reasons you may need a tooth pulled. Fortunately, your dentist in Sedalia, MO provides gentle extractions and offers tooth replacement when warranted.

Reasons you may need an extraction include:

  • Tooth broken at or below the gumline
  • A failed root canal treatment
  • Untreated periodontal disease
  • Bone loss
  • Before dentures
  • Before orthodontics
  • Troublesome wisdom teeth

If you are scheduled for tooth extraction, you may wonder how to best care for the surgical site. Let’s explore what to do and what not to do after your tooth extraction.

What to Do After Your Extraction

  • Rest for 24 hours after surgery
  • Apply gauze gently to help with bleeding
  • Apply icepacks according to your dentist’s instructions
  • Prop up your head with pillows
  • Rinse gently with warm salt water the day after surgery—allow the water to spill from your mouth as opposed to spitting
  • Eat soft foods—mashed potatoes, oatmeal, milkshakes, soup, ice cream, yogurt, etc.

What Not to Do After Your Extraction

  • Don’t exercise, lift heavy objects, or overexert for a day or two following extraction
  • Don’t rinse your mouth until the second day following surgery
  • Do not brush the extraction site, but pat it clean with gauze
  • Avoid hot foods until the anesthesia wears off
  • Don’t smoke for a day or two following surgery
  • Don’t’ drink through a straw or suck on candy or objects

Special Considerations

If you experience heavy bleeding or prolonged numbness or any symptoms not addressed in your post-op instructions, contact our dental team as soon as possible. Additionally, your dentist may give you more specific instructions based on your unique case. It is essential to follow all your dentist’s recommendations to promote quick recovery.

For More Information on Tooth Extractions in Sedalia, MO, Contact Us

We are always here to answer your questions before and after your oral surgery or extraction.

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