guide after tooth extractionORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL

Your teeth are durable, strong and can last a lifetime if you take care of them. However, even people who are diligent about their oral hygiene and see their dentist can experience problems that require a permanent tooth to be removed. Injury, tooth decay, and gum disease all are common reasons why your dentist may recommend tooth removal. If you’re in one of these situations, Terry Soule, DDS, can perform an extraction. This is a safe and common procedure—it’s estimated that 20 million permanent teeth get extracted each year. However, having a tooth extracted still has a certain amount of risk, and requires some special care and consideration. Dr. Soule wants to make sure you’re prepared, so he put together this guide for you to follow in the event you have a tooth extracted in Orange City.

Here’s what you should do after an extraction

  • Minimize activity. That means taking it easy the day of the procedure and avoiding strenuous activity like bending and heavy lifting for a couple of days after your extraction.
  • Use cold packs to manage the swelling, which is probably going to reach its peak on the third day.
  • Apply pressure. You’ll need to bite down on sterile gauze and keep pressure on the extraction site immediately after your extraction, to help the bleeding stop and allow a clot to form. If the clot becomes dislodged, use this same method to stop any subsequent bleeding, changing out the gauze or sterile cloth every 15 minutes. If bleeding doesn’t stop after an hour or two, call your dentist.
  • Don’t be a hero. You’re going to experience some discomfort, and your dentist may have prescribed you pain relief medication. Use it as instructed, even if you’re not in serious discomfort, so that you stay ahead of your pain.

Here’s what you should NOT do after an extraction

  • Don’t disturb the extraction site. When you brush, avoid this area of the mouth for the first few days, as this may dislodge the clot or re-open the surgical wound. We recommend refraining from the use of toothpicks altogether for at least the first few days after an extraction is performed.
  • Don’t use tobacco. Whether you smoke, vape, or use chewing tobacco, you should avoid your habit for several days after the extraction. Nicotine in any form restricts blood flow and can impede the healing process, while the sucking that occurs when you smoke can cause a dry socket to form, potentially exposing the nerves inside the extraction site to a host of irritants.
  • Don’t use straws for at least a week, because of the risk of causing a dry socket.
  • Restrict your diet. You’ll need to eat a diet of soft foods for the first couple of days after a tooth is extracted. On the day of the procedure, you’ll also need to avoid any extremely hot or cold foods and drinks.

Extractions in Orange City

Terry Soule, DDS, specializes in tooth extractions. He’s also experienced in performing surgical extractions—referred to as any procedure where the removal of a tooth requires making incisions into the supporting bone structure, such as when wisdom teeth are removed. To learn more about our extraction procedures, give us a call at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation if you’re living in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City in Florida.