How to Care for a Tooth After Extraction

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Care for a Tooth After Extraction
Care for a Tooth After Extraction

How to Care for a Tooth After Extraction. After having a tooth extracted, it is important to take care of your mouth. Expect to experience some pain, swelling and possibly even bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. Taking medication and proper care can reduce all of the above and get you back to your daily routine faster. Read on to learn more.

Take all prescription or non-prescription pain killers your dentist prescribes. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic. Take it to either clear up an infection you already have or prevent the extraction area from becoming infected.

Relax when you get home. Physical activity can cause bleeding in the extraction area. It is important to avoid disturbing the extracted area at all.

Make a salt water mix of 1 tsp. salt to an 8 oz. glass of warm water. Use this to rinse your mouth several times a day. The salt water mixture reduces swelling and pain if used the first few days.

Keep brushing your teeth and tongue after the tooth is pulled, brushing very softly in the area of the extraction.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put ice packs on the side of your face to reduce swelling. Swelling and bleeding should end within two days of surgery.
  • Don't rub the area where your tooth was with your tongue. This can spread bacteria to the extraction area.
  • Complete healing takes one to two weeks.
  • Don't lie flat after the procedure. This can promote excessive bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow.
  • Don't eat hard foods. Stick to soft foods and liquids such as pudding, soups and gelatins.
  • Don't smoke after the tooth extraction.
  • Avoid spitting and using a straw. These actions can cause more bleeding.

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