Instructions on How to Properly Recover Following Tooth Extraction

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If you’ve recently undergone tooth extraction treatment in Marlborough, Connecticut, then the next best thing you can do is properly recover. If you take advantage of the healing process, you will return to a top-notch oral health in no time and you won’t need to worry about unnecessary pain or dry socket.

To help you recover in the best ways possible, your dentist, Dr. Douglas Doran, recommends doing the following things:

-Relieve the pain and discomfort you feel by taking the prescribed pain medication that your dentist gave you. It’s also recommended to ice outside the area for 10 minutes at a time. This will also help reduce swelling.

-Aid the healing process by biting down on a gauze pad. This will reduce bleeding and allow a blood clot to form. Make sure to change the pad before it becomes soaked with blood or after you’ve used it for three to four hours.

-Rest for the first 24 hours and please limit activity for the next couple of days. As you lie down, prop your head up with pillows. This will help stop the bleeding.

-Avoid rinsing, spitting, using a straw, and smoking.

-Eat soft foods the day after the extraction, like soup, pudding, yogurt, and applesauce. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.

-Keep your mouth clean by brushing and flossing your teeth each day. It’s also important to brush your tongue. As you clean your smile, avoid brushing the extraction site. Brushing it can infect the area.

Using these tips will help you heal quickly and help you return to the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile you deserve. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please call Rivereast Dental Group at 860.295.9536 and talk to a member of our team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the answers you need to have a successful recovery!