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What Are Dos and Do Nots of Tooth Extraction

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Image of a tooth that has already been extracted at Clackamas Implant & Oral Surgery Center. Tooth extraction is a procedure where a tooth is pulled from the socket. Many adults get teeth removed for reasons like decay, crowding, accidents, or taking out wisdom teeth. After removing a tooth, it is important to follow certain rules for speedy recovery.

Dos of Tooth Extraction

Allow the Extraction Site to Clot

It is usual to have some bleeding right after the extraction. You may need to change the gauze a few times, but a clot will eventually form, stopping the bleeding. Not letting a clot form can lead to infection. Keep the extraction area clean, and avoid using straws or letting food particles get inside.

Get Enough Rest

After the surgery, make sure you rest well to help the extraction site heal faster. Keep the head elevated to reduce blood flow and allow a clot to form. Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth clean, prevent infection, and stay hydrated. Use ice packs to ease pain and swelling.

Do Nots of Tooth Extraction

Do Not Spit

After tooth extraction, your mouth may fill with blood and saliva. Spitting might seem like a good idea, but it can disrupt blood clots. Instead, lean over the sink and let saliva and blood flow out naturally. Avoid poking the extraction site with your tongue, as it can lead to dry sockets. Do not use straws, and do not rinse your mouth.

Do Not Smoke

Smoking can harm blood clotting and cause a dry socket. Avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after tooth extraction. Also, do not eat hard foods; stick to soft foods to keep the extraction site clean.

Do Not Rinse Forcefully

Refrain from vigorous rinsing for the first few days to prevent the dislodging of the healing blood clot. You can also avoid engaging in strenuous activities for a number of days to avoid excessive blood flow to the extraction site.

Call us today if you are thinking about tooth extraction. We can guide you through the recovery period after the extraction.

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