Tooth Extractions: Instructions on How to Properly Recover

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As you may already know, the healing process is extremely important, especially after you’ve had a tooth extracted in Avon, Indiana. So, to help you fully recover after your tooth extraction appointment and to help you avoid complications, our dedicated Sonshine Family dental team recommends doing the following things:

-Take the painkillers that your dentist prescribed to you. It’s also recommended to dull the pain with an ice pack. Ice the area for 10 minutes at a time to keep the swelling and pain down.

-Help the extraction site heal by biting down on a gauze pad. This will help reduce bleeding and allow a blood clot to form. Change the gauze pad before it becomes soaked with blood.

-Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. When lying down, prop your head up with pillows because lying flat may prolong the bleeding.

-Avoid rinsing or spitting, using a straw, and smoking.

-Eat soft foods, like soup and ice cream, for the first 24 hours and gradually return to a normal, hard-food diet as the extraction site heals.

-Keep the area clean by brushing and flossing your teeth. It’s also recommended to brush your tongue. Whatever you do, please do not brush or floss the extraction site. This will help prevent infection.

If you use these tips, you will recover properly and you won’t need to worry about unnecessary pain or discomfort or dry socket. For more information and details, please call our office at (317) 271-1330. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Steven Driggers, if you have any concerns. We are happy to help you in any way we can!