Mountainside Dental Care’s After Tooth Extraction Care
Tooth extractions are a serious dental procedure with critical aftercare. At Mountainside Dental Care in Yucaipa, CA, we provide advice about after tooth extraction care to ensure you lower your pain levels and risk of infection. We understand the importance of saving your teeth and boosting your overall oral health. A tooth extraction is often the best choice for the health of your mouth, so it’s important to maintain care following the extraction. Contact us for more information about tooth extractions.
The Importance of Saving Your Teeth
Following extractions, it’s essential to care for your teeth to save your jawbone health. Your jawbone received constant stimulation from surrounding teeth to maintain its structure. If you lose this stimulation, you risk losing jawbone density. A healthy jawbone is the backbone of your teeth and overall oral health.
When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction includes:
- Accidents and Trauma –Trauma to your teeth and mouth sometimes leads to severe fractures.
- Wisdom Teeth –When wisdom teeth improperly grow and impact other teeth, you risk cysts, misaligned teeth, and infection.
- Orthodontic Treatments –We may need to prepare your teeth for orthodontic services by extracting teeth.
- Severe Tooth Decay –You risk infections and losing other teeth if your tooth isn’t extracted.
Oral Care Following Tooth Extraction
Healing will take from three to 14 days following an extraction. Your sutures will dissolve or fall out during this time, so it’s important to take optimal care of your mouth while it heals. The empty socket in your mouth will fill in and smooth over time. Whether we extract one tooth or multiple teeth, we provide after-care extraction tips to help lower pain levels and maintain oral health. We recommend:
- Gently bite down on your gauze pad, keeping light pressure on the extraction.
- Stay elevated and lower your activity levels.
- Never touch the extraction site.
- Do not drink through a straw or smoke for five to seven days.
- Place ice packs on your face to control swelling.
- Don’t brush the suture site.
- Eat soft foods.
- After 48 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours.
Tooth Extraction Complications
Tooth extraction surgery sometimes causes oral complications. If you have any problems or experience any complications, contact us as soon as possible. Some possible tooth extraction complications include:
- Bleeding – Bleeding after a tooth extraction is one of the most common side effects. You may notice tinted saliva and extra blood in your mouth. It’s essential to bite down on a gauze pad to help stop the bleeding. Don’t exercise or increase blood flow after surgery.
- Dry Sockets – If you notice severe, throbbing pain, it could be a dry socket. A dry socket happens when the blood clot is irritated before your mouth is completely healed. This is not an infection but can be extremely painful.
- Dead Tooth Fragments – You may have small tooth fragments that were not completely removed during surgery. If these dead tooth fragments work themselves into your gums, you will experience pain. We will remove these fragments as soon as possible.
- Lightheadedness – Feeling lightheaded is common after a tooth extraction due to fasting. Your blood sugars will often be much lower than normal, so your body hasn’t had the chance to process sugars. It’s important to remember to stand up slowly and eat something soft as soon as possible following surgery.
- Numbness – Your tooth extraction surgery may leave your mouth feeling numb. The numb feeling may last for about ten to 12 hours after surgery.
- Swelling – Swelling is common and should go down within ten days. It’s essential to apply an ice pack for the first 36 hours in 15-minute intervals.
- Trismus – If you have trouble chewing or a severely sore jaw, this is common. Jaw joints and chewing muscles often stay sore for three to five days following surgery.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
After a tooth extraction, you can quickly go back to everyday life. We’ll monitor your progress and ensure your gauze is slowing down bleeding. We’ll explain instructions for eating, drinking, and daily activities. If we prescribe pain medication, we’ll explain the dosage in detail.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
Each patient’s recovery time after a tooth extraction may be different. Most patients will experience the most pain and bleeding within 48 hours. Patients should fully recover in two weeks. If you experience any problems, contact us immediately. We’ll address your needs and offer emergency dental services if needed.