Tooth Extraction Aftercare You Should Do
Tooth extraction is a common procedure that many people go through. It’s often done as a result of an injury or because you’re getting older, and your teeth are starting to fall out. While tooth extraction is generally safe, like any surgical procedure there are risks involved. That’s why it’s important for anyone who has had their tooth extracted to follow these aftercare instructions closely in order to get the best possible results and avoid infection or other complications.
How To Take Care
When you have a tooth extraction aftercare, you will need to take special care of the wound. To do this, follow these steps:
- Keep the area clean. You may want to use an antibiotic ointment on your gums and tongue before bedtime and again in the morning after brushing your teeth. Do not rinse with water when cleaning your mouth; it could cause infection if there are bacteria left over from surgery or anesthesia in the area around where they removed your tooth.
- Do not smoke or drink hot or cold liquids until the swelling goes down completely (usually within two weeks). The reason for this is that both hot/cold drinks can irritate sensitive tissue inside of your mouth which could lead to bleeding and increase swelling even more than usual!
Clean the Wound
After the tooth has been removed, you should wash your hands before touching the wound. This will help to prevent infection. Use antibacterial soap to clean the wound and rinse with warm water. Dry with a clean towel, then apply an antibiotic ointment to keep out germs while it heals. Cover the area with a bandage until it is healed enough for stitches or staples to be removed (usually two weeks).
Tooth extraction aftercare is about more than just keeping the area clean and dry. You need to take additional precautions to prevent infection, which can be life threatening if it spreads to your bloodstream. If you were prescribed antibiotics before your procedure, use them as directed by your dentist or doctor.
After a tooth has been removed from its socket in the jawbone (or alveolus), there’s an opening where bacteria can get inside and cause an infection, this is called an extraction site complication or an OSCC for short. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if they think there’s any risk of developing an OSCC following your procedure; these medications are effective at preventing such complications because they kill off harmful microorganisms before they have time to spread throughout your body. They also help reduce pain associated with swelling near where the tooth was pulled out or cut off at its base above ground level.
Tooth extraction aftercare is the process of caring for your mouth following a tooth extraction. It’s important to take proper care of your mouth after having a tooth extracted so that you can recover quickly and avoid complications.
There are several steps you can take to reduce swelling after having a tooth pulled:
- Ice is the best way to reduce swelling, so apply ice directly on the area where your tooth was removed every 2 hours for 15-20 minutes at a time. Don’t apply ice directly onto your skin; instead use cloth or paper towel as insulation between yourself and the cold substance.
- Take ibuprofen (Advil) every 6 hours until the swelling goes down completely (up to 3 days). Do not take aspirin because it increases bleeding risk during this time frame!
Follow These Tips
- When you’re finished, clean the wound with a cotton swab, or if it’s small enough to cover it with your fingertip.
- Wash your hands before touching your mouth or face again so that you don’t accidentally transfer bacteria from one area to another.
- Don’t touch the extraction site unless absolutely necessary; this will help prevent infection and reduce bleeding and swelling in the surrounding area.
- If any of these symptoms occur: fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), heavy bleeding from an extraction site, swelling that lasts more than 24 hours after surgery (if this happens during normal healing time) contact your dentist immediately!
The most important thing you can do after tooth extraction is to take care of yourself. If you have any questions about your recovery, contact us for more information or schedule an appointment. We are here for you!