Immediate aftercare following the removal of a tooth is key to fast recovery.
At The Lodge Dental Suite, we always attempt to preserve patient’s natural teeth. Whether this is done using a large filling or a dental crown for example, it is always our primary aim. Sometimes though, whether through severe decay or an accident, it is not always possible to save a tooth and extraction is the only option left.
Extracting a tooth is, naturally, an invasive procedure and will cause some trauma in the area of removal. However, recovery should be straightforward providing that certain steps are followed. In this blog, we look at how best to care for your mouth following the removal of a tooth, and possible options for long term replacement of the missing tooth.
Following the extraction, the dentist will place a piece of gauze over the gum and ask you to keep this in place for a short while. Once we are happy that a blood clot has formed in the gum, commencing the healing process, you will be allowed to leave the practice. You will be given a second piece of gauze, should the clot become dislodged and you should simply repeat the process.
Once the gauze has been removed, you should avoid doing anything that might dislodge the blood clot. It is best to avoid eating or drinking anything for a time as you are also likely to still feel numb from the anaesthetic. Eating whilst like this may lead to you biting your tongue as well.
Aftercare check list
There are a number of simple rules that, if followed, should lead to speedy recovery following the procedure.
- Do NOT poke at the blood clot with your fingers or tongue. Whilst this may be tempting, it is important that the clot remains in place.
- Avoid spitting, blowing your nose vigorously or sneezing violently. All of these actions may dislodge the blood clot.
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for 48 hours. Both of these actions increase the risk of infection in the area.
- Whilst you should brush and floss your other teeth as normal, take care not to catch the area of the extraction. Cleaning of this area is important though and a warm saline solution should be made and ‘tipped’ over this area. Don’t swill around the mouth vigorously as, again, this may dislodge the clot.
- Allow a few hours following the extraction to rest. Limiting movement of the head will help to speed up the process and you will feel more comfortable. If the clot does become dislodged it can lead to a dry socket. This can be very painful, and, should you experience this, please call us right away for an appointment.
Living with a gap in the teeth is not ideal for a number of reasons, not least aesthetic appeal. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist near Waltham Abbey that offers a wide range of teeth replacement methods, The Lodge Dental Suite may be just for you! Whether you are looking for modern options such as dental implants, or simply looking for comfortable dentures to replace your missing teeth, we are here to help you.
We can be contacted on 01992 643 388 and our receptionists will be happy to find an appointment time that suits you.