For us dental extractions are always the very last resort, however when we simply can’t save the tooth we may have to remove it, here are some guidelines to follow if we have to remove a tooth.
If you’ve had an extraction, try and take it easy for the rest of the day, don’t take vigorous exercise and rest as much as you can. Try and keep your head upright to lower the risk of bleeding.
Avoid hot food and drink until the anaesthetic wears off. Because you can’t feel pain properly, you may injure yourself by burning or scalding your mouth. Also don’t try and chew your cheek, which is quite common when people have been given aesthetic in their mouth and you have no feeling.
Don’t rinse you mouth for at least 24 hours after the extraction. You must let the socket heal properly and mouth-wash aggravates this process. It is also advisable to not eat on that side of the mouth.
Try to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, this can encourage bleeding and further delay the healing process
You can brush your teeth as normal but try to avoid the areas around the extraction.
Generally try the keep the socket area as clean as possible, warm salt water is an excellent way to keep the area clean without aggravating it.
For further information, ask the dentist or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01954 781616.