Extraction Post Op Instructions in Allen
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You just had a tooth pulled and now it's time to start healing. You might be wondering about the recovery process for a tooth extraction in Allen. Check out the information below, and as always if you have any questions the expert team at All Smiles Dentistry is here to help!
INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW IN Allen
When you leave the office, the area will be numb and you will be biting on gauze. You can change the gauze as needed until the bleeding slows down, you can usually discontinue biting on the gauze after 30-45 minutes. The first thing you need to do is have your prescriptions filled. You will need the medications right away. Once you get your prescriptions filled, it is advised to take a pain medication before the numbness wears off. Start the antibiotic if one was prescribed. Also, cold soft foods like ice cream feel good and decrease the inflammation. Do not try to drink a milkshake or anything else through a straw.
Once you get home, it is time to apply ice or cold packs. Ice in a zip lock with a towel around it is fine. Rice bags put in the freezer are the perfect temperature. You will want to apply the pack for 20 minutes, then remove it for 20 minutes. Do this while relaxing with your head in an elevated position. Follow this recommendation for the first 24 hours as much as possible. Sleep in an elevated position until all signs of swelling are gone. If you lie flat the first night there will be more pain in the morning and possibly some visible swelling.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO EAT AFTER GETTING A TOOTH PULLED?
After your tooth extraction you should not eat anything until the numbness wears off. After the numbness wears off you can begin to eat eat soft foods, avoiding the area that the tooth was removed. At this time cold foods like ice cream will feel good. Foods that don't have to be chewed like mashed potato, yogurt, corn, pasta, are all good examples of foods that are easier to eat when you have had a tooth removed. After one week you can begin to eat more foods on the side of the extraction and you can return to normal eating after two weeks once the hole in your gums has closed up.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Most people can return to normal activity after 24-48 hours, but may still have some soreness in the area. Some extractions may cause bruising or swelling or may have stitches. These are usually resolved after the first week. Under normal conditions a tooth extraction should take no longer than 2 weeks until you feel completely normal again.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF INFECTION AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Signs of infection include:
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Swelling in the area that is not improving after the third day
- Pain that is not manage with pain medication and is not improving after the third day
HOW DO YOU SLEEP AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
It is best to sleep elevated after a tooth extraction until the swelling has subsided. Sleeping on your back with your head level with your heart can increase the amount of swelling you experience after the first night.
THINGS TO AVOID AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION
- Do not drink carbonated beverages,
- Do not smoke
- Do not spit or rinse vigorously
All of these things can promote Dry Socket
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DRY SOCKET?
If you have sharp pain that pain medication does not relieve after the third day, you may have dry socket. When the extraction site is healing the socket bleeds and forms a blood clot. If you loose the blood clot, if it dissolves, or if one never forms, it causes the socket to be “dry".” This is a painful condition, but it is self limiting and stops hurting over the next 7-10 days.
People heal at different rates. Some people feel great after the first day, and only have to take over the counter medications, while others will have pain for a week. Some things to look for that you will want to report. If you feel anything sharp around the extraction site, you may have some tiny bone chips working their way out of the wound. It is common for small pieces of bone to come through after a tooth is removed. Also if the pain medication does not relieve the pain, please let us know. Not all pain medications work the same for everyone because of their unique physiology.