After your tooth has been extracted, it is very important to take proper care of your smile. We understand that resting and caring for your teeth can be inconvenient and undesirable at times, but it is vital if you want to avoid complications and if you want to restore the health of your oral cavity. So, for a proper recovery, please rest for a few days and do the following:
• Ice outside the area and take the painkillers your doctor prescribed to you to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
• Change your gauze pads as often as needed. Please replace them before they become completely drenched in blood.
• Rinse your mouth after 24 hours with warm salt water. Do this several times a day to cleanse the area, reduce the swelling, and relieve the pain. You can make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt water into 8 FL Oz of warm water.
• Do not use sucking motions and do not smoke.
• Only eat soft foods, like pudding, ice cream, and soup, during the recovery process. As you begin to heal, you can gradually eat more solid foods.
• Keep your head propped up by pillows. This will help slow the bleeding.
• Do not touch or rub the treated area with your tongue or fingers.
• Brush your teeth and tongue to keep your mouth clean.
Now remember, you need to follow these instructions in addition to the instructions your dentist or oral surgeon gave you. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We are more than happy to help you get through this recovery process in a quick and successful manner!