After the dentist performs tooth extraction, our Kalamazoo, MI patients are advised to put pressure on the gauze pad at the site where the tooth was extracted for an hour. After this time, should it still be bleeding, replace it with new gauze and press on it for an additional 45 minutes.
After a child has a tooth extracted, the supervising adult should take care to ensure that the child is not biting on their lips or tongue, while it is still numb. The tissue could be injured, as the child will not feel the pain until the numbness wears off.
On the day of your appointment to have a tooth extracted, you should avoid hot foods and beverages. You should not use a straw, rinse your mouth, spit, or drink anything carbonated. Do not brush your teeth on the day of the extraction, but you can gently begin brushing and flossing again on the following day.
It is common for patients to experience a bit of pain, some swelling and bruising around the lips, particularly after impacted wisdom teeth are extracted. Apply ice bags and take prescribed medications to minimize discomfort.
It is important to take the medication that has been prescribed for you, according to the instructions.
For two or three days after the extraction, your dentist will likely recommend soft foods and liquids, such as yogurt, juice, soup, and milkshakes.
Surgical procedures that are more complex, such as impacted wisdom teeth and dental implant procedures, may have additional instructions. The dentist will provide instructions for specific surgical treatments. This will provide information for your specific surgical treatment. You should follow all instructions to ensure that the area heals properly.
If you have severe pain, excessive bleeding, or swelling, please call our dental office in Kalamazoo, MI.