Removing your natural tooth is never a nice thing to endure. If your tooth is or has been severely decayed or is damaged, the tooth needs removing.
Tooth extraction is typically a last resort which dentists will consider if your tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair. Tooth extraction is a frightening experience for anybody. It is also not the best choice of treatment due to the degrading health it may have on your mouth. Luckily, there are a variety of treatments available to repair the missing gap and keep your mouth strong.
However, before considering further treatment, you need to recover from tooth extraction treatment first. You should expect a degree of pain that usually disappears after a few days of good rest and recovery.
Speaking of rest and recovery, this aftercare recovery guide describes some of the key recovery tips for fast recovery after tooth extraction.
The Five Extraction Recovery Tips
- Take Prescribed Painkillers As Recommended – After tooth extraction treatment, the oral surgeon will provide effective painkillers or antibiotics to help recover and limit the pain and reduce any swelling. It is recommended that you don’t use other inflammatory painkillers which may cause side effects.
- Take Rest And Reduce Physical Activity – It can be especially difficult to halt your lifestyle activities whilst in recovery. However, it is one of the most important tips. Reduce your physical activity and stay inclined on the sofa for the next 3 to 4 days until the pain eases. One of the reasons to avoid physical activity is in case any further accidents occur which could cause further damage.
- Avoid Brushing Your Teeth In The Affected Area – The more debris found in your affected area, the more likely cavities could develop. Whilst you continue brushing your teeth daily as part of your oral hygiene, avoid the extracted area initially.
- Regularly Rinse Your Mouth After A Meal – The affected area needs to be clear of any food debris whilst in recovery. It is recommended you eat soft foods such as soup, vegetables and sweet potatoes which can be easily washed away with lukewarm water.
- Apply Ice To The Affected Area – A cold compress such as Ice will reduce excess swelling. The doctor will recommend you apply the cold compress once you’re home after treatment. It should be applied for 10 consecutive minutes, with a 1 or 2-minute break before applying again. This should be completed regularly throughout the day.
If you’ve recently completed tooth extraction treatment and can’t shift the pain, follow this aftercare guide. Alternatively, consult our helpful team at Garran Dental for more information.