Dental extractions are daunting. But if you think that the scariest part is over just because the tooth is out, then you’re not quite of the dark yet. Here are some of the things which you’d have to think of once the tooth is gone.
Eating and drinking.
Chances are that you received some very potent anesthesia throughout the procedure, and the effects of that anesthesia won’t wear off immediately after the extraction. So at least for a couple of hours after the procedure, stay away from any food or beverage which could be very hot since you could underestimate the temperature of the substance and this can result in scalding of your mouth.
And stay away from alcoholic beverages at least a day after the tooth extraction. Alcohol has a way of increasing your chances to bleed and it can retard your clotting ability.
Cleaning your mouth.
It’s important that you go on with your regular tooth brushing after the tooth extraction although you need to be very careful about hitting the socket and dislodging the blood clot which has formed. However, refrain from rinsing your mouth 24 hours after the procedure since you could remove the blood clot and restart the bleeding if you do so. Nevertheless, when the 24 hours have elapsed, you can start rinsing your mouth with a salt-water solution which will help to disinfect the wound and speed up the healing process.
Dealing with bleeding.
Minute bleeding is always possible while those with known bleeding tendencies should always be on the guard for spontaneous bleeding episodes. Try sleeping with your head elevated in order for you to arrest any bleeding which could happen while you are asleep. When bleeding happens, apply pressure on the site by biting on a sot and cottony substance such as a ball of cotton or a handkerchief.
Knowing when to go back to the dentist.
While complications of tooth extractions are far and few in between, there’s always a chance of you contracting dry socket syndrome. This complication generates far worse pain the original toothache and happens when the socket is devoid of any blood clot, hence the socket is open to infection. When you feel pain which does not resolve even with medications a few hours or even days after the extraction, consult your dentist about this. Your dentist will prescribe you with antibiotics if you really have a dry socket condition.
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