A tooth extraction is one of the most common oral surgery procedures.
An extraction is one of the most common oral surgery procedures. At Cloudnine Dental, we provide teeth extractions, including wisdom teeth. When the third molars have extensive decay or do not fully emerge and become impacted against the next molar or against the jawbone, wisdom teeth removal may be recommended.
What to Expect after Teeth Extraction
Your comfort always comes first at Cloudnine Dental. When you visit us for an extraction, we’ll clearly outline the entire process before we get started and we’ll walk you through detailed aftercare instructions before you go home. Post-operative tooth extraction aftercare instructions may include:
Bleeding: Place gauze over the wound and bite down firmly for 10-minute intervals, replacing the gauze as needed until the bleeding stops. An extended period of minor bleeding can be expected after a tooth extraction.
Swelling: Swelling that lasts for several days after surgery is normal. Apply ice to the affected area in 20-minute intervals for the first 24 hours.
Mouth Rinse: Rinse mouth with warm salt water (two teaspoons of salt in a glass of lukewarm water) a minimum of 6 times a day, after each meal. Do not use alcoholic mouthwash.
Diet: Avoid spicy, granular (such as rice) and hard (such as carrots, taco chips) foods for the first few days after extraction. Do not drink through a straw or create negative pressure in the mouth.
Smoking: Avoid smoking for 5 days. The longer you refrain from smoking, the less chance you have of post-operative problems. If you must smoke, cover the extraction site with gauze, minimize the inhaled smoke and rinse your mouth with saltwater immediately after.
If you have any questions or an urgent care situation develops, please call our office at 780-456-1820.
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