Recovering from Tooth Extraction Surgery
At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, Drs. Craig and Marcy Goldin will always do whatever they can to preserve the integrity of the mouth by salvaging the natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are times when dental extractions are necessary to giving patients a fresh start and rebuilding their oral health. In such cases, our dentists provide patients with clear, comprehensive instructions to help ensure that their post-surgical healing is as comfortable and efficient as possible.
It is important for patients to remember that a tooth extraction is a major form of oral surgery and, as such, is associated with possible risks. Our dentists help to minimize these risks by using the most advanced tools and techniques to perform extractions in a sterile, state-of-the-art environment. However, patients must also do their part to minimize risks by following the post-surgical instructions provided to them to the absolute letter. This is why our dentists make sure to explain the tooth extraction recovery process in detail during pre-surgical consultations at their Troy, MI dental office.
The following are just some general guidelines to recovering from a tooth extraction. If you require a dental extraction at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, you will receive specific recovery instructions from either Dr. Craig Golden or Dr. Marcy Goldin.
Recovering from a Dental Extraction
Immediately after your dental extraction, you will be asked to bite down on a gauze pad that we will place over the extraction site in order to stop the bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. You will bite down on this gauze pad for approximately an hour, after which you may change the pad if the site is still bleeding. If bleeding does not subside within a few hours, please contact our practice.
After a blood clot forms, it is important that you do not disrupt the healing process. During the first 48 hours after your tooth extraction, you may not smoke, consume alcohol, use a straw, or rinse vigorously. You may brush with a very careful touch, and begin rinsing gently with salt water two to three times a day 24 hours after the surgery.
During the first 24 hours after surgery, you should plan to stay home from work or school and simply rest. Stay off your feet as much as possible; if you can arrange to have someone help you out around the house, do so. Avoid exercise for at least the first 48 hours after surgery, and preferably the first four days after surgery.
You will probably experience some discomfort, swelling, and even pain, especially during the first 48 hours. You can use an ice pack or unopened bag of frozen vegetables to help manage the swelling. Dr. Craig or Marcy Goldin will advise you as to which medicines you should take and how often; be sure to take all medications precisely as advised.
Learn More about Tooth Extraction Recovery
To learn more about tooth extraction recovery, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Craig or Marcy Goldin, please contact the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute today.