Sometimes tooth removal is the first step toward getting you back to optimal oral health. Follow these recommendations to aid in healing.
Immediately after the treatment, keep pressure on the area by biting on gauze for about 30 minutes. If any bleeding persists, change the gauze and continue biting for another 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If you find you are only experiencing very slight bleeding, this is normal and it may last as long as 24 hours.
If prescribed, take pain medication. Also, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as Advil, Aleve, or Motrin can alleviate discomfort. Tylenol is safe to take as well. If you experience any swelling, use an ice bag for ten minutes on, ten minutes off.
Your first few meals should be liquid or very soft. Consider pasta, pudding, or soups. Do not use a straw.
Over the next few days, you should not spit, smoke, or perform any intense physical activities, as these behaviors can delay the healing process. Brush your teeth normally, taking care around the treatment site. Also, you can use warm salt water rinses to aid in healing (1/4 teaspoon salt per cup of water).
If you have any questions, or experience pain or discomfort that you believe is abnormal, call us!