INSTRUCTIONS AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION
A tooth extraction is a common operation, but as every surgical procedure, some time is needed for the area to heal.
A damage to the tissues is unavoidable, but if certain simple instructions are followed, healing will take place sooner, better and with the minimal discomfort..
A list with these instructions follow:
- Bite a gauze for at least half an hour after the extraction . These helps the bleeding to stop. If it still bleeds after half an hour, bite a clean piece of gauze for another half an hour. Don't be alarmed if your saliva is red. Even a drop of blood can make the saliva appear like blood. What matters is if the extraction site bleeds or not.
- In intense swelling is expected put some ice cubes in a towel and apply it on the cheek for 15 minutes, take it out for another 15 minutes and apply it once more after that. This will keep the swelling to a minimum.
- Refrain from smoking, coffee, hot or cold foods during the first day after the extraction.
- If you feel pain, take a pain killer (it shouldn't contain aspirin, because aspirin can cause bleeding). The best thing to do is take a pain killer before the anesthesia wears off. That way the pain killer will have plenty of time to start acting, without a pain interval. As always, read carefully the package insert, don't exceed the recommended dosage!
- Rest. Avoid heavy manual work or intence physical activity during the first day.
- Rinse the area after the first day with an antibacterial mouthwash (or plain saltwater if nothing else exists) 2-3 times daily. Brush the rest of the teeth as usual from day one.
- If you have stitches they might be a bit tight the first days. Don't forget to have them removed in a week if these are your given instrustions by the oral surgeon.