There are a number of reasons a tooth extraction may be required. These include:
Tooth infection/ decay
Damage from trauma
Patients often ask many questions following an extraction. When will the bleeding stop? How long until I can eat again? Keep reading for everything you need to know about your post-extraction care!
So you have just had a tooth out - What should you do now? Take it easy! It is now time for you to relax for the rest of the day. Keep your head up to avoid any excess bleeding. Immediately after your extraction, avoid any hot food or beverages until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you will be numbed and therefore may not feel the hot temperatures which could cause burns. When resting or sleeping, try prop your head up with an extra pillow. For the first 24 hours avoid rinsing your mouth, this will allow time for the blood clotting to occur so the socket to heal.
It is normal to experience some tenderness in the area for the first few days. Over the counter pain relief such as Panadol can be used to ease the discomfort. Ensure that you read the instructions on the package carefully and use as instructed. Following all extractions at Relax Dental and Facial Care, our dentists will provide patients brochure with this information and more aftercare tips!