Tips for Making Recovery Easier Following a Surgical Extraction
Posted on 7/26/2021 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
If you need to have a tooth extraction, you usually will experience relief from swelling and pain within the first 24 to 48 hours. It will take about two weeks for the surgery site to fully heal. You can make recovery easier by following the steps below.
Speeding Up Healing
After a tooth extraction, you need to do everything you can to keep the blood clot at the surgery site from dislodging. If the clot becomes dislodged, it can lead to a condition called dry socket, which can be painful. So, you need to use care and follow our post-operative instructions. Use the painkiller we prescribe and leave the gauze for the procedure in place for about four hours after the surgery. To prevent the blood clot from dislodging, do not rinse, spit, or use a straw immediately following the procedure up to 24 hours.
Applying Ice and Resting
After an extraction, you will want to apply dry ice to relieve discomfort and swelling. However, use an ice bag for only 10 minutes at a time. Leaving an ice pack on longer can cause tissue damage. You should rest for 24 hours after the procedure. Limit your activity for the next several days to ensure you heal as planned. When sleeping, prop up your head with several pillows. If you lie flat, it takes longer for the site to heal.
After the procedure, rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse. Salt is a healing agent, as it increases the mouth's pH, making it more alkaline. Use one-half teaspoon salt in an eight ounce glass of warm water and swish the mix in your mouth. Brush and floss your teeth, but avoid the extraction site. It's always a good idea to discuss any scheduled extractions with our office and ask questions about preparation before the surgery and care after the procedure. If you follow our tips as we give them, you will experience faster healing. Give us a call today if you need to schedule oral surgery arrange a time for a consultation.
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