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How to Care for Your Smile After Getting a Tooth Pulled

June 30, 2023 2:09 am
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We understand that getting a tooth pulled can be a nerve-wracking experience! Proper aftercare is crucial to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent any complications, whether you have a wisdom tooth extraction or a damaged or decayed tooth removed. Here are some tips on how to care for your smile after getting a tooth pulled:

  1. Rest
  2. After a tooth extraction, it’s important to take it easy for several days. Avoid any strenuous physical activity, bending, and lifting. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke for at least 24 hours after the procedure. These activities can increase blood pressure, leading to bleeding at the surgical site, which is something you want to avoid.

  3. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
  4. Keeping the extraction site clean is crucial to prevent infection and promote healing. Gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush but stay away from the surgical site. Avoid rinsing and spitting for the first 24 hours. You can begin rinsing, especially after meals, on the day after surgery with a mixture of warm water and salt.

  5. Eat Soft & Nutritious Foods
  6. During your recovery, you should eat soft, nutrient-dense foods like soups, mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, pasta, and bananas. Avoid crunchy or chewy foods, like pretzels, bread, and chips, that could irritate the extraction site or dislodge the blood clot that forms in the socket.

  7. Attend Follow-up Appointments
  8. It’s important to attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by our team to monitor your healing progress and ensure that there are no complications.

  9. Follow Instructions
  10. Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your individual needs, so make sure to follow them closely. These instructions may include using ice packs to reduce swelling and taking prescribed pain medications.

Gentle Dental Extractions in Brownsburg, IN

Are you preparing to get a tooth pulled? Are you concerned about your healing progress? At Bolt Family Dental, our team offers gentle tooth extractions and will help you have a smooth and speedy recovery. Contact our office to learn more about dental extractions and aftercare tips!