What Should You Do Following a Tooth Extraction Procedure?

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Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the process of completely removing one or multiple teeth from their sockets. Several reasons need to be considered first before dentists decide to extract a tooth. These usually include teeth crowding, infection or risk of infection, gum disease, impacted tooth, preparation for orthodontic work, and oral injuries due to trauma.

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After the tooth has been completely pulled out, following the necessary aftercare is highly essential. This will help the patient recover faster and prevent any complications such as infections and discomfort. To ensure a fast recovery and a pleasant overall experience, we at Greenwich Smiles have prepared some easy steps to follow below:

  • Take the prescribed painkillers.
  • Bite firmly yet gently on the gauze pad to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the socket. Change the gauze pad before it becomes too soaked with blood.
  • Relax and get plenty of rest for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Avoid any strenuous activity for the next day or two.
  • Apply a cold compress to the affected area immediately after the procedure to reduce any swelling. Apply it for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Avoid drinking from a straw for the first 24 hours. Sucking on a straw can place a lot of pressure on the healing wound, which can easily cause the blood clot to dislodge.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking creates the same pressure in the mouth the same as using a straw. It is best not to smoke while recovering from tooth extraction or not to smoke at all because it inhibits healing and even contributes to the development of certain diseases.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for a day following an extraction to avoid dislodging the clot.
  • People are advised to eat soft foods, throughout the healing process, that does not require a lot of chewing and are unlikely to be trapped in the empty socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse the mouth with a mixture of half a teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of water for cleaning.
  • Elevate the head with pillows since lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • Continue to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing the teeth, but be sure to avoid or be gentle around the extraction site to prevent possible infection.

Following the proper post-care treatment is essential after tooth extraction since it helps promote clotting while also protecting the extraction site from possible complications. However, if pain persists after several days or if there are signs of an infection, it is best to see the dentist as soon as possible.


Looking for a safe and pain-free procedure? Book an appointment with us. Greenwich Smiles have caring and dedicated staff to help you feel pleasant during your Teeth Extractions in Greenwich, CT.