Tooth extraction is often a necessary evil. There are many reasons a person may need to have a tooth removed by extraction, but it doesn't need to be a painful or scary experience. According to the Mayo Clinic wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common types of this dental treatment.
When you have a tooth removed there are certain things you can do from home to help alleviate the pain and speed up the healing process. Often your dentist or oral surgeon will send you home with some useful tips, but here are some others to help you out.
What To Expect After Your Extraction
When you get a cut inside your mouths it tends to bleed and keep bleeding. Unlike a cut on your skin, the mouth has no way of drying out to stop the bleeding. This is why the dentist puts cotton, or gauze. In your mouth to help add pressure to stop the bleeding. This pressure helps the blood clot to form, which is necessary in order for your mouth to heal properly. You will probably start to feel some mouth pain and tenderness as the numbing wears off. This is why your doctor recommends you take an anti-inflammatory pain killer.
What And When Can You Eat
One of the first things people are concerned about after dental work is when it's a safe time to eat again. One of the most important things you need to remember after having a tooth removed is that you do not want to accidentally remove that clot that has been formed. If you do it can cause a dry socket, which can be very painful. To avoid dry socket, don't use straws, smoke, or do other things in which you would be using a sucking motion, which can pull the clot loose.
After about a half hour post surgery you can remove the gauze, and then you can start to eat if you really need to. Sources at WebMD recommend that you stick with soft foods, like gelatin and pudding, and then slowly add back solids as your healing progresses. Try to avoid eating anything that you would need to chew. As your tooth begins to heal more you can slowly start to add in more solid foods.
What Else Will Help With Faster Healing?
After the first 24 hours have passed, begin rinsing your mouth regularly with warm salt water. This will keep your mouth clean, and the salt will help with the healing. It will assist in pain relief, and reduce swelling. Always take it easy. Relaxing is one of the best forms of medicine for the body. If you are up and moving around a lot you may notice some throbbing pain, while if you sit back and relax this pain with stay subsided. This is a great time to pick up a book.
Sometimes have a tooth removed is important for health reasons. It may be impacted or recessed, and quick removal helps avoid excess pain and infection. It doesn't have to be a traumatic experience though, and using these tips for home care can insure a speedy recovery.
If you need to have a tooth removed, don't hesitate to make an appointment. One tooth issue can lead to more mouth problems. Our dental professionals at Fresh Pond Dental office in Cambridge can help you with your needed tooth extraction, as well as after care.