Finally, it’s done!! The constant struggle with a toothache coupled with sleepless nights is over. It wasn’t easy, but you persuaded yourself for it. Your Dentist told you a list of do’s and don’ts, but amidst the panic and anxiety you have probably missed out on a lot of it.
And that’s why you’re here, scouting the internet, reading every available information?
Well, we have made a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts that you need to follow post extraction for a smooth and uneventful healing process.
- Keep the piece of gauze in your mouth for an hour or two, maintain firm pressure and replace it in every 30 minutes or as needed.
- Apply ice on the affected cheek at regular intervals of 20 minutes, avoid any form of hot fermentation.
- Blood-tinged saliva is normal, do not spit it.
- Avoid eating anything until the numbness goes away as it may lead to cheek bites and tough bites.
- Eat Ice-cream: Unless you have particularly sensitive teeth, it’s ok to treat yourself with an ice cream post an extraction. Apart from being at the top of the list of what to eat post an extraction ice-cream also helps in minimizing natural swelling. Cold fruit juices can also be a good option just drop the straw.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully.
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
- Stick to soft diet food such as bread and milk, curd rice, milk rice upma, pongal, khichdi, idly and juices.
- Do not dislodge the blood clot formed in the tooth socket as it aids in the process of healing.
- Always keep your head elevated.
- In case of any unexpected bleeding bite into gauze or a humidified teabag for 20minutes.
- Do not indulge in physically strenuous exercises. Relax your body and take good rest.
From the next day and until complete healing
- Rinse your mouth thrice a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
- Brush your teeth and floss them every day to remove plaque and maintain healthy oral hygiene.
- Do not put pressure and avoid brushing near the extraction site within the first 72 hours of the surgery.
- Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candies, ice).
- It is normal to experience pronunciation difficulties and increased saliva secretion. These resort to normal within a week.
- Bruising may appear on the skin. It disappears after five to seven days.
- You may have difficulty opening your mouth and it should come back to normal after four to five days.
- Fluctuating pains can be a sign of trouble at times, it is advisable to seek professional medical help in such cases.
If aftercare instructions are not followed properly, it may lead to complications. Thus, to avoid any of it, we advise you to swear by these tips and you should be just fine within a week or so. Remember to not stress over the dental surgery and stick to these simple do’s and don’ts for a better experience.