What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction

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Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to preserve oral health. A badly diseased tooth could threaten your wellbeing if you don’t have it removed. A tooth extraction is the surgical removal of all a tooth’s parts, including its roots. Following are some important things to consider after having a tooth removed by your dentist.

Avoiding Dry Socket

After teeth are removed, a blood clot will form over the tooth socket. The formation of this clot is vital to the healing process. Dislodging this clot (dry socket) by picking at it, eating food with sharp edges, or brushing vigorously over the extraction site will affect the healing process and cause discomfort.

For optimal healing and comfort, make sure to avoid touching the extraction site with your fingers or oral hygiene tools. If you develop dry socket, call our practice to set up an appointment.

Maintaining a Clean Mouth

Oral hygiene is still important after a tooth extraction. In fact, since a tooth extraction is an oral surgery, it’s important to keep a clean mouth to safeguard against infection. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. Do not brush directly over the sites where tooth extractions occurred until they are healed. You can gargle salt water throughout the day to clean your mouth and improve your comfort.

Dietary Considerations

After a tooth extraction, it is important to follow our post-operative instructions very carefully. We will send home a detailed packet of information that will include information on dietary considerations.

You will need to adopt a liquid diet, such as broths and smoothies, the day of and days following your surgery. You will slowly incorporate soft foods based on our recommendations. Great soft foods include yogurt, creamy soups, and steamed vegetables.

Evaluate Your Tooth Replacement Options

Living without teeth is difficult. It is important to evaluate your tooth replacement options after your oral surgery. Our dentist offers a few tooth replacement options including dental implants, which are the closest thing available to natural teeth.

Call Towson Dental Care for questions or to schedule an appointment.