Extraction of a tooth is one of the most common dental procedures.
But what should you do after you’ve had a tooth removed?
As with all dental procedures, making sure you follow a strict aftercare routine is vital. Extractions need that little bit of extra care because there is essentially a gap in your mouth where a tooth used to be.
Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we’re looking at the best ways to look after your mouth after having an extraction procedure.
Take your medication.
Take any prescribed medication and use any prescribed mouthwash. It is likely that your dentist has prescribed these in order to combat any potential infection. It is vital that you take the FULL course of antibiotics to ensure that they are entirely effective. Antibiotics can normally be used alongside over the counter pain killers if you are feeling any pain or discomfort together!
Watch What You’re Eating.
When you feel ready to eat, soft pureed foods are the way to go. Make sure the food is at a suitable temperature that won’t cause you further discomfort. Eat on the side of your mouth that you don’t have the extraction on. As your mouth starts to heal, you will be able to go back to eating your favourite foods. Persevering with the pureed foods during the healing process will mean your mouth will heal faster, getting you back to your normal diet quicker!
No Smoking and No Drinking.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours after your extraction and do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your extraction. This may be more difficult for some than others but smoking or drinking after an extraction could lead to infection.
Salt Water Rinse.
Keeping the extraction area clean is vital. Using a salt water rinse is the best way of going about this! Try to do it a few times a day. Dissolve a teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm (not hot) water and rinse. Before you spit, try to hold the rinse in your mouth for a few minutes. Repeat until the glass is empty!
If you do have any queries or worries after you’ve had an extraction, speak to your dentist. They will be happy to remind you exactly how you should be looking after your mouth after having an extraction.
If you are experiencing pain or are worried about your oral health after an extraction and cannot get in touch with your dentist, it may be an idea to call NHS 247 on 111. You will be able to seek advice over the phone from the comfort of your own home.