When a tooth needs to be removed because of damage or decay that causes discomfort and pain, our dentists at Pinnacle Dental Group will make sure that you are comfortable during your tooth extraction procedure. Before the procedure takes place, we will walk you through the process and what to expect, ensuring that all of your questions get answered.
Prior to your tooth extraction procedure, you will be given an anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but no pain. When your mouth is numb, do not try to eat so you do not bite your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
After the numbness goes away, it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort. Your dentist will most likely prescribe medication to manage any pain and minimize swelling. Make sure that you closely follow the pain management plan outlined by your dentist. Applying an ice bag or cold cloth can also help to control pain and swelling.
You can gently brush your teeth and tongue after the procedure, however, avoid brushing the teeth next to the healing tooth socket. The day after the procedure, begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt in 8oz warm water) after meals. This will help remove food particles and bacteria around the healing tooth socket.
Limit strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the extraction to prevent bleeding and better promote healing.
Avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Make sure to only eat soft foods and drink plenty of water the days following your procedure. Work your way up to solid foods based on your level of discomfort.
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