After Tooth Extraction

In some cases, a tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. At East Village Dental Centre, Dr. Treinkman and his team of professionals are always here to assist you whatever the case may be. Before removing the tooth, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In some cases, a stronger, general anesthetic may be given, especially if more than one tooth will be removed.

To control bleeding after a tooth extraction, a blood clot should form to put a stop to the bleeding and start the healing process. Biting on a gauze pad for about 30 to 45 minutes after the tooth extraction encourages this formation. However, if bleeding continues, you may need to bite down on another gauze pad for about 30 minutes. It may take several applications to stop the bleeding.

Once the blood clot has formed, don’t disturb or dislodge it because it is a necessary aspect of healing. Avoid vigorous rinsing, drinking from a straw, smoking, drinking alcohol and even brushing your other teeth in the area for at least 72 hours. These activities can loosen the clot, which will slow down the healing process. You should also avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after a tooth extraction to prevent raising your blood pressure or increasing bleeding.

To Minimize Swelling

You may experience some pain and swelling after your tooth extraction. Using ice can help reduce swelling. You may also be prescribed pain medications. Swelling typically goes away after 48 hours.

To Relieve Pain

Take any pain medications as prescribed. If you still experience high levels of pain, even with medication, contact us right away. If we prescribe antibiotics as part of your after tooth extraction care in Noble Square, Wicker Park and Chicago, IL, take them until they are gone, even if you aren’t noticing any further symptoms of infection.

Eating and Drinking

It’s important to stay hydrated and eat nutrient-rich soft foods on the day of your tooth extraction. You can resume eating your typical foods as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

Oral Hygiene Is Important

You can safely resume normal dental care after 24 hours of after tooth extraction. This includes brushing and flossing at least once per day. Returning to this routine quickly speeds up the healing process and keeps your mouth clean and fresh. You can resume normal activity within a few days. If you experience heavy bleeding, swelling for more than two or three days or any negative reaction to your medication, contact us right away.

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