At Proud to Smile Dentistry in Bernardsville, New Jersey, one of our goals is to help you maintain excellent oral health and retain as many of your natural teeth as possible. But even with excellent care, it’s not always possible to save every tooth.
When removing a tooth becomes essential to preserving your overall oral health, Dr. Patricia Swaintek-Lamb and our team offer the best in dental extractions. From simple extractions with a dental elevator to more complex surgical extractions, our team gives your teeth the care they need.
Whether you’re having a wisdom tooth taken out, a tooth removed because of decay or infection, or another dental extraction, taking care of your mouth after your procedure is crucial for a smooth recovery. Here’s a look at best oral care practices following a tooth extraction.
After your dental extraction, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb gives you specific post-operative instructions tailored to your situation. Following these instructions with care is key to promoting healing and minimizing your risk of complications.
Depending on your unique situation, these instructions may include things like:
Dr. Swaintek-Lamb will also caution you against using a straw for about a week, as sucking motion can cause bleeding and dislodge blood clots that form at the surgical site (socket).
It’s natural to experience some swelling and mild pain after undergoing a dental extraction. The good news is that oral tissues tend to heal quickly, which means any pain, swelling, or bleeding tends to resolve quickly, too.
You can accelerate your healing by following these guidelines:
To make sure your mouth is well cared for and irritation to the extraction site is minimal, you may want to follow a soft food diet for the first few days.
After a dental extraction, some people are afraid to brush or otherwise clean their mouth. But good oral hygiene is necessary for preventing infection and promoting healing.
You can help your mouth heal by taking extra care to keep your mouth clean after a dental extraction. Here are some tips:
And remember: Don’t not use a straw for drinking. The suction from the straw can dislodge the blood clot and delay your healing.
While most dental extractions heal without complications, it's crucial to be aware of any signs of trouble. Contact Dr. Swaintek-Lamb if you experience:
Since everyone’s healing process is different, it's important to contact our team if you have any concerns or questions regarding your dental extraction recovery.
Have more questions about how to care for your mouth after a dental extraction? Get personalized answers by scheduling a consultation online or over the phone at Proud to Smile Dentistry in Bernardsville, New Jersey, today.