What To Do After Tooth Extraction
First and foremost, you must prevent excessive bleeding by promoting the formation of a blood clot. What that means is for several hours after your surgery, you should softly bite down on a piece of gauze. And for a whole day do not rinse, drink with a straw, or smoke.
Bite firmly the gauze pack over the surgical area for, at least, 1/2 hour; then discard it gently. Some blood will ooze from the area of surgery for several hours and it is normal. Do not spit, or suck through a straw, since this will promote bleeding.
When bleeding persists at home, place a gauze pad or cold wet teabag over the area and bite firmly for 30 minutes. Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue. Keep your head elevated on several pillows or sit in a lounge chair for 12 hours. Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery because this will cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for the first 12 hours after the surgical appointment. Then use warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup [4 ounces] of warm water) after tooth-brushing and every 2 hours.
Exercise is a no-no for at least a week. Proper tooth extraction care requires that you rest. But don’t worry, you won’t need to burn any calories as you will only be able to drink liquids (not from a straw though) and eat soft foods for a couple of days after your surgery.
Get plenty of rest; at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Avoid strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours, and keep the mouth from excessive movement. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
Use a liquid or soft diet high in protein. Drink a large volume of water and fruit juices. Do not drink through a straw because this may promote bleeding. Avoid hot food for the first 24 hours after surgery because this may promote bleeding. Eat a soft diet for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction. Avoid foods that require excessive chewing. You can resume a normal diet the day after tooth removal.
Don’t chew foods on the side of your mouth where your tooth was pulled! Leave that area alone, even when brushing your teeth.
During tooth extraction care, you may be surprised at how much swelling you’ll have. Don’t worry. This is normal! Simply wrap a cold ice pack around your head. The swelling will gradually reduce but you may feel some stiffness for a while.
Pain and Discomfort after Tooth Extraction
Some discomfort is normal after surgery. It can be controlled by taking the pain medication your dentist has prescribed or recommended. Start taking your pain pills before the numbing medication has worn off. Take your pain pill with an 8 oz. glass of water and/or a small amount of food to prevent nausea. Over-the-counter pain medications or Painkillers may be used for temporary pain relief. Do not overdosing on these generic drugs: Aspirin, or Ibuprofen, or Ketoprofen, or Naproxen Sodium, or Acataminophen.
Tooth extraction care may not seem like very fun and you might be rethinking all the benefits of getting a tooth pulled now, but your dentist will prescribe medications to relieve the pain and swelling so just take it easy and use tooth extraction care as an excuse to eat some ice cream.