How should I care for myself after my extraction?
A tooth extraction isn't nearly as complicated as you might think. Following a few simple tips will help your recovery process go smoothy and easily and have you back on your feet in no time.
After your extraction, initially you will have a blood clot in the socket, and sometimes some stitches will be placed to help the healing process. Dr. Wenzel may have you bite down on some gauze to help stop the bleeding.
You can apply ice to the area initially after your extraction to help reduce swelling and take prescribed painkillers as needed. You'll also need to plan on resting and reducing your activities the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery. Eating soft foods, and avoiding smoking or drinking through a straw the first 24 hours are also important. You will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth but should avoid the extraction site for the first few days. This will help prevent an infection.
Some pain or tenderness is normal the first few days after an extraction. However, if you experience excessive bleeding, fever, nausea, vomiting, or discharge from the area you should contact our office right away. Your team at Webster Groves Dental is here for you, and you can always feel free to contact us with questions about your tooth extraction in Webster Groves before or after your procedure.