Recovering From A Tooth Extraction

Some helpful aftercare advice from your local Purley dentist.

Although recovering from a tooth extraction may not be in the same league as following a major operation, it can, to some degree, cause a level of stress for some patients. In addition to this, there are necessary steps that should be taken to ensure that the healing process is trouble free.

In today’s blog, a dentist from the Confidental Clinic offers their advice on how to make your recovery as speedy and trouble free as possible.

Be kind to yourself

Although not essential; if you can, we would advise that you attend your extraction appointment with somebody who can take you home afterwards. This is not as important as if you have had sedation, but can make the journey home less stressful. Driving, or travelling on public transport with a numb mouth isn’t the most pleasant experience. When you get home, be nice to yourself and allow a few hours to rest. Perhaps indulge yourself in your guilty TV pleasure and take some time to allow your body to start to heal itself without the hassle of everyday life.

The medical bit….

Whilst the above is good advice, it is not necessarily essential. What is most important is that you follow the aftercare instructions you will be given at our Purley dental practice. These instructions will include the following:

Don’t smoke – Stopping smoking altogether will have a positive impact on your oral health, and will reduce the risk of both gum disease and oral cancers. If you do smoke though, please refrain from doing this for 24 – 48 hours after the procedure. Smoking will irritate the area of the extraction and increase the likelihood of infections whilst also slowing down the healing process.

Don’t poke – leave the wound alone. Do not be tempted to poke it with your finger or other object. The blood clot that forms in the wound is essential to its repair and should be left undisturbed.

Keep it clean – Whilst you should not brush the area of the wound, it does need to be kept clean. This can be done by using a warm (not hot) saline solution which you can tip over the area before allowing the solution to fall from your mouth. Do not swill or spit the liquid as this may dislodge the blood clot.

Brush and floss – Whilst avoiding the area of the extraction procedure, it is important to continue your regular daily brushing and flossing of the remaining teeth. Neglecting to do so may lead to problems.

If you follow the above advice, and any specific aftercare advice given to you by your Purley dentist, your recovery should be straightforward. Remember though, that if you have any problems or concerns following the procedure, we are here to help. Simply call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8660 8923 and our dental team will be happy to offer advice.