How to Care for Your Mouth after Undergoing a Tooth Extraction

How to Care for Your Mouth after Undergoing a Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth extracted isn’t unusual, but it can leave you with a long list of lingering symptoms if you don’t properly care for your mouth in the aftermath. Here’s what to expect and how to take care of your mouth after having a tooth removed.

The different types of tooth extraction

Dr. Dastrup always tries to save your teeth whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is unavoidable. There are two different types of extractions: simple and complex.

Simple extractions address teeth that are damaged due to trauma, such as severe cracking or irreparable tooth decay, or because of crowding. Typically, you will get a local anesthetic for these procedures.

Complex extractions generally require a type of minor surgery, such as wisdom tooth removal. More complex extractions usually involve sedation.

Sometimes, as in the case of wisdom teeth, tissue may cover the tooth, which also requires removal. Removing a tooth surgically may require a couple of stitches in your gums.

After any type of extraction, Dr. Dastrup places gauze in your mouth, which you need to leave in place until he advises you it’s safe to remove.

What happens to your mouth after a tooth extraction?

After an extraction, you will need to treat your mouth gently. Your gums may feel sore and you may have swollen cheeks. This swelling and soreness will gradually go away as your mouth heals. Make sure you follow all of your aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications.

How can you care for your mouth after a tooth extraction?

Caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction is largely about carefully following a list of dos and don’ts. It’s important to closely follow the rules or run the risk of developing dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site fails to develop or is prematurely dislodged.

Things you should do following tooth extraction:

Avoid doing the following:

What are the signs of complications after extraction?

Call Dr. Dastrup right away if you experience any of the following symptoms that might be a sign of complications:

What will replace your old tooth?

Fortunately, when you get a tooth removed, you won’t have an empty space in your mouth forever. After about a week, Dr. Dastrup will discuss your options for an attractive replacement option, such as dental implants or bridges.

If you need a tooth extraction, don’t worry. Dr. Dastrup will make sure that the process is as easy as possible. His caring team will restore your smile back to its usual beauty soon.

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