Family Cosmetic Dentist Spanish Fort, AL

Tooth Extraction



When a tooth is removed, it is a surgical procedure.  There is mild discomfort, even after a simple extraction.  There is some research that shows that taking drugs like ibuprofen (advil, motrin, etc) can help to decrease the pain after a tooth extraction.  Take the recommended dose, 3 to 4 times a day.  Its best to take the first pills before the local anesthesia has had a chance to wear off.  Continuing to take the medication for 3 to 4 days.

A surgical extraction usually is more painful after then a simple extraction.  How much pain?  Well that usually will depend on how difficult it was to remove the tooth.  Pain medication may be prescribed for several days. 

Here are some ways to help minimize discomfort and to speed up recovery.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.   <!--[endif]--> Ice packs on the face to help reduce swelling.  Leave them on 20 minutes at a time and then remove for 20 minutes.  If your jaw becomes stiff or sore after swelling as reduced, try a warm compress.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.   <!--[endif]--> Eat only soften and cool foods for a few days.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3.   <!--[endif]--> Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water, starting 24 hours after surgery.  This keeps the area clean.  Use ½ teaspoon of salt per 1 cup of water.  Usually swelling and bleeding will end within one day or two after the surgery.  Complete healing can take up to two weeks. Family Cosmetic Dentist Spanish Fort, AL

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4.   <!--[endif]--> Do not smoke, use a straw, or spit after surgery.  These actions will pull the blood cot out of the hole where the tooth once was. 

If stitches are needed, your doctor may use the kind that dissolve on their own.  They can take 1 to 2 weeks to dissolve.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, this will help them to dissolve.  There are some stitches that are placed that will need to be removed by the dentist or surgeon.  Family Cosmetic Dentist Spanish Fort, AL


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