After a tooth extraction, the key to healing quickly and effectively lies in how you care for the extraction site. Tooth extractions have become less painful over the years, but there’s always some discomfort after the procedure. At Cataloochee Dental Group, we prepare you for what comes after and give you all the tools you need for proper extraction site preservation.
What Comes After a Tooth Extraction?
When removing a tooth, it’s essential to consider what will be done with the space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal independently with no complications.
However, depending on which tooth you have removed, the jawbone could degenerate and change shape during healing and cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew. In these cases, your dentist might recommend filling the space with a dental implant, which does require a healthy jawbone. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
How Do I Deal with the Pain and Discomfort?
Some tenderness is normal after an extraction, but there are several things you can do to avoid further pain and alleviate the discomfort. You will receive pain medication, and there are over-the-counter options that have proven to be effective. You may also use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.
In the days following the procedure, being careful is key. Your dentist might also provide a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site and avoid infection. Furthermore, you will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
Want to Learn More About Extraction Site Preservation?
Our team at Cataloochee Dental Group wants to give you the tools you need to care for your smile long after you’ve left our office. If you want to learn more, just get in touch today!