How to Recover after Tooth Extraction

How to Recover after Tooth Extraction

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

The idea of getting a tooth removed can seem scary. However, for a lot of people, it’s necessary to maintain good dental health. There are many reasons why you may need to get your tooth extracted. Some of these reasons are: 

  • Removal of wisdom teeth can be necessary to alleviate pain, reduce the risk of teeth getting impacted, and reduce the risk of teeth moving (overcrowding) to accommodate the new teeth.
  • Tooth infections can require some teeth to be removed in order to adequately treat and eradicate the infection from the mouth.
  • Overcrowding can happen when there are too many teeth and too little space for them. This can cause your teeth to be misaligned. In some cases, tooth extractions can help realign your teeth, so you get a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Some patients who are undergoing chemotherapy may develop compromise teeth that need to be removed so their mouths remain healthy.

How to Recover After a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction can be performed by a dentist or a dental surgeon, depending on the specificities of the tooth being extracted. An impacted tooth under the gum line often requires surgical removal, while a tooth that has ruptured the skin and is not impacted (as seen in X-ray images) can be removed by a dentist in a regular dentist appointment. 

Aftercare for a tooth extraction is crucial to ensuring you heal well and don’t have further issues. For several days following the tooth extraction, your mouth may be sensitive and require special care. Here are some things you can do to speed up recovery after a tooth extraction:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. It is normal to feel pain following a tooth extraction, so take your medicine as instructed in order to stay as comfortable as possible during recovery.
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack on the affected area after the tooth extraction procedure. Make sure to only apply for 10 minutes at a time with frequent breaks in between.
  • For the first 24 to 48 hours following the tooth extraction, limit strenuous activities.
  • Make sure that the blood clot stays in place and don’t use a straw for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Also, leave the gauze pad in place in three to four hours or for as long as your dentist recommends. 
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water with salt to sanitize and remove debris on your teeth and the extracted area.
  • Refrain from eating foods that will irritate the wound.
  • Sleep with a few pillows to prop your head up for the first few nights. This will help prevent blood from rushing to your head (and the wound). 
  • Don’t smoke.
  • After the tooth extraction procedure, you will mostly feel discomfort, soreness, and pain. It is also normal to notice swelling in your face. If the discomfort and pain doesn’t subside within a few days, get in touch with your dentist.

Tooth Extraction and Other Dental Care Services in Eugene, Oregon

If you are looking for a trusted dentist who can help you with your dental care needs, call the experts at 360 Dental.

Dr. Binder has a wealth of experience treating all types of dental issues and would love to help you find relief. Call us at (541) 689-1645 to make an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.