Tooth extraction is done to remove impacted or decayed teeth. However, after the procedure, it is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions given by the dentist.
Post-operative instructions are instructions that are given to the patient after the extraction of a tooth. They are important because they can reduce post-operative complications and make it easier for you to resume your daily activities.
The instructions will vary depending on the type of extraction performed on the tooth. For example, if a tooth was impacted, then more care is needed to ensure that it heals properly without any complications.
Tooth extraction recovery time varies and is dependent on what type of bone was used to fill in the space created by removing the teeth.
While the healing process takes a long time to complete, many patients are encouraged to eat soft foods immediately after their surgery. The typical recovery period lasts about two weeks.
It is important to note that not everyone heals at the same rate, so it is possible for someone’s recovery period to last longer or shorter than this average, depending on how their body processes things differently than others. What you do during the recovery time will also determine the length of the recovery.
It is important to take the necessary precautions when recovering from a tooth extraction. The following is a list of things that you should and not do after surgery:
After having a tooth removed, there are a few things that you should avoid doing to avoid future complications. Avoid hard foods. If you chew on something hard, it can cause the blood clot not to heal. You also want to avoid eating any hot or cold food because it can irritate your mouth and gums.
Contact our dentist for assistance if you experience pain, fever, swelling, excessive bleeding, or trouble breathing after surgery.
You also need to maintain good dental hygiene to prevent bacteria and plaques from forming.
It might be challenging for a regular smoker to quit smoking temporarily. Following oral surgery, including extraction treatments, a dentist would recommend that you refrain from using tobacco for at least 72 hours or three days. Cigarette smoke includes poisonous chemicals that may harm your gum and mouth tissues during healing. Smoking can lead to complications, like dry socket, inflammation, or infection.
Visit On Pointe Dentistry for more information about tooth extraction post-recovery instructions.