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Helpful Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips

September 14, 2022
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Posted By: Century Dental
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Tooth extraction in Germantown doesn't have to be daunting or stressful, especially when you understand how to take care of yourself afterward. You can do several things at home to ensure you have an easy and stress-free recovery and return to your normal activities as soon as possible. Here's what you should know. 

What to Do Right After Having a Tooth Pulled

In the immediate hours after surgery, it's important to manage your bleeding until a blood clot forms at the surgical site. You can apply gauze and light pressure until the bleeding subsides. The blood clot is an integral part of the healing process, and you'll want to avoid actions like smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw for at least 72 hours to keep it intact.

You can take your prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter medicines to manage your discomfort. Eating soft foods for the first couple of days after surgery is advisable. Some ideas for soft foods are:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Soup
  • Applesauce

If you choose hot foods, let them cool to room temperature, so you don't irritate your surgical site. You can also continue to brush and floss your teeth after surgery, being careful to be as gentle as possible around your surgical site.

In the Days to Follow

Plan to rest for the first few days after surgery and slowly return to your daily activities. Most patients heal completely from their surgery after a couple of weeks.

Contact your Germantown dentist immediately for guidance if you notice any concerns after surgery, like excessive bleeding that won't stop. Your team at Century Dental is here to support you through your tooth extraction in Germantown from start to finish.

Contact Century Dental at (301) 972-1600 if you have questions or concerns about tooth extraction aftercare.

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