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Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Tooth Extraction AftercareTooth extraction is a type of minor oral surgery and requires a recovery period. Generally, you should expect the surgical site to heal completely in around 7 to 10 days after the extraction. It is important to take certain precautions during this time to help ensure faster and proper healing. Moreover, you must maintain good oral hygiene always to prevent the risk of infection.
We recommend patients follow these tips for efficient and successful recovery:

Take Painkillers as Prescribed

The effect of anesthesia wears off within a few hours of the procedure. Taking your medicines at the prescribed time will help you avoid unnecessary discomfort.

Leave the Gauze Pad in Place

Try not to remove the gauze pad placed initially after the extraction for about 3 to 4 hours. This helps in blood clot formation and prevents excessive bleeding.

Get Plenty of Rest

You should avoid doing any heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after your dental surgery. When sleeping, use an extra pillow to prop up your head. Try to avoid lying flat and sleeping on the treated side as it puts extra pressure on the surgical site, which can affect healing.

What to Look Out for

If you experience any of the following symptoms, get in touch with us immediately:

•  Fever,
•  Intense, throbbing pain that does not improve with medication,
•  Bleeding from the surgical site that does not decrease within 12 hours of the tooth removal,
•  Numbness or tingling sensation in your mouth after the anesthesia has worn off,
•  Difficulty fully opening your mouth after a week of your dental extraction,

If you have any questions or concerns about the do's and don'ts after a tooth extraction, do not hesitate to contact us. Michael L. Beckley, DDS and are here to help you take proper care of your teeth. We can guide you on how to control pain after your tooth extraction and ensure faster healing. Call at 925-290-7727 to schedule an appointment.
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