Give yourself time to heal
It is important after having a tooth out to look after yourself to insure the area is able to heal properly and to reduce the risk of infection. After a dental extraction it generally takes six weeks to heal properly. However, for medically compromised Patients and smokers it may take longer than six weeks for the socket to heal.
Here are a few tips:
- Avoid eating or drinking hot food for six hours after the extraction
- Do not rinse or spit for at least 24 hours. Otherwise the blood clot will be removed and a very painful dry socket will develop.
- Begin brushing gently around the extraction site the next day.
- Start rinsing gently with a warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in a cup of water) mouthwash 24 hours after the extraction. Do this after meals and before bed.
- Do not smoke for at least 48 hours. Smoking will cause a dry socket and extreme pain. Please wait as long as possible before smoking.
- Do not drink alcohol after the extraction. Alcohol will cause greater bleeding.
- When bleeding occurs apply pressure to the socket and sit still for at least 10 minutes.
- Do not exercise heavily for 48 hours.
- Sleep with two pillows at night.
- If swelling occurs, place an ice pack on your face for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Repeat this cycle as necessary.
Please contact our clinic if you are experiencing any problems.