How To Take Care Of Your Teeth And Gums After An Extraction

Each and every single year, millions of people here in America have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted.

Sometimes wisdom teeth are the target of this surgical process, and other times teeth that have become damaged or decayed have to be removed and replaced with dental implants or crowns.

Your dentist and oral surgeons here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology will be able to better help you understand why extraction is the right way to save and preserve your oral and dental health, but sometimes it is the “nuclear option” before your smile can be refreshed and restored.

While tooth extraction remains one of the most common procedures performed anywhere in America there are still some things you’ll need to do to make sure that your mouth – and your smile – is protected after the procedure has been completed.

Here are just a few things you want to keep in mind when recovering from your extraction.

Five Quick Tips for a Rapid Recovery

Prepare in Advance

The best thing you can do to recover faster from a tooth extraction performed here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology is to give yourself a rock-solid foundation of oral health to build off of going forward.

Avoid tobacco products, alcohol, and even caffeine for at least two weeks in the lead up to your extraction procedure. It’s also a good idea to tell your oral surgeon and your dentist about any medications you take on a regular basis in advance to know if you should discontinue their use in the lead up to this procedure, too.

Get Lots of Rest

Rest is always going to be a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to recovering from a tooth extraction. After all, sleeping is the prime time for your body to heal and recover.

Get as much sleep as possible in the week after your extraction, but continue to try and get at least eight hours of quality sleep each night for a long as possible afterward to make sure that your surgery is recovered from quickly.

Pain Management

The oral surgeons here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology may choose to prescribe you pain medications for a couple of days to help you recover from the worst pain, but after you’re going to need to manage your discomfort with over-the-counter medications, ice packs, and the like. If the pain is serious and severe, however, it’s not a bad idea to schedule a follow-up appointment to see if something else needs to be done.

Cleaning Your Smile

During the first 48 hours or so after your tooth extraction you’ll want to avoid brushing your teeth, flossing your teeth, or even using mouthwash.

For the first five days after that, a simple – and mild – warm salt water rinse should be enough to keep your mouth nice and clean without negatively impacting the extraction site itself. After about a week you can begin to gently brush and floss your teeth, though you should stay away from the extraction site as much as you can.

Follow All Instructions

Obviously you’ll want to listen to ALL of the guidelines and instructions you’ve been provided by the oral surgeons here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology to help you speed up and improve your overall recovery timeline.

We have been providing tooth extraction services for many years, and will continue to provide them for many years in the future, and have learned a thing or two along the way about speeding this process up and helping it to go as painlessly as possible.

If you’d like more details about the tooth extraction process, want to schedule an initial consultation, or just want to discuss more of our expert advice on the topic please contact us here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology today.