To ensure that your tooth extraction heals successfully, follow these instructions from Seton family dentist, Dr. Jay Patel, carefully.
It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you have:
It is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed healing. To protect the clot and avoid the pain of a dry socket:
To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended for 3-5 days.
To keep swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
The numbness will last 2-4 hours. Once it has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite side.
Begin to eat normally as soon as it’s comfortable.
Resume brushing and flossing, but clean gently around the site for about a week.
If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
Reduce soreness and swelling, by applying moist heat. Swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours.
Further reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth very gently with warm salt water after 3 days. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Rinse 2 to 3 times a day for the week following the extraction.
If you have sutures, they will dissolve on their own in 2-3 weeks. If required, you may visit the office to have them removed after 2 weeks.
Dry Socket: Can occur if the clot is dissolved and lost prematurely. This usually happens around day 3-5. Pain and throbbing will occur and usually will resolve without intervention in 3-5 days. Call the office if there’s still pain after day 5.
Bone: You may feel a piece of bone work its way out of your gums. This is normal, call the office if you are concerned.
A fluoride varnish was used today for your fluoride treatment. The fluoride varnish safely provides optimal protection, delivering the highest fluoride concentration possible to the tooth surface. The fluoride varnish may appear white and pasty on the tooth surface.
To obtain the maximum benefit, we ask that you follow these recommendations after you leave the office.