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How to Take Care of Your Smile following an Extraction

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With all the updated materials and dental technology available today, dentists have many ways to restore damaged teeth to full function. Preserving the health and structure of the teeth you were born with is a priority because it’s healthier for your smile. But in the case of a severely damaged tooth that’s threatening your oral health, removing it may be the only viable option.

Types of Extractions

Most extractions are simple, which involves straightforward removal of the tooth. Others, like the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth, are considered surgical because they are more complex and involved.

With either type of extraction, there are post-procedure guidelines you need to follow to ensure your comfort and proper healing of the site.

Post-Procedure Instructions

Take it easy on the day of your procedure. Whether simple or surgical, having a tooth extracted is a big deal. Plan to take the day off and rest so the healing process gets off to a good start.

To minimize discomfort, take any pain medication prescribed by your dentist before your anesthetic wears off to minimize discomfort. Use an ice pack on the side of your face where surgery was performed to control swelling and bleeding.

A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected after your procedure. Keep the gauze pad that’s covering the site in place for half an hour and apply constant pressure. Replace the gauze pad every half hour until bleeding stops.

Avoid Dry Socket

Dry socket occurs after extraction because the blood clot that has formed over the site becomes dislodged. This exposes the nerves beneath, causing excruciating pain and delaying the healing process. To avoid dry socket, don’t smoke, spit forcefully, or drink through a straw as the sucking motion of all three can dislodge the clot.

Count on Us for Support

At Rush Creek Dentistry, we know that Arlington, TX dental extractions can be a stressful experience for many. You can count on us to be there to support you during and after your procedure, and we will check in with you later in the evening to see how you’re doing.

If you suspect that you may need extraction, please call us today. One of our doctors will be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and answer your questions.