How to Care for Your Mouth after Undergoing a Tooth Extraction

How to Care for Your Mouth after Undergoing a Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth extracted isn’t unusual, but it can leave you with a long list of lingering symptoms if you don’t properly care for your mouth in the aftermath. Here’s what to expect and how to take care of your mouth after having a tooth removed. 

The different types of tooth extraction

Saeed Mokhayeri, DDS, and Hengameh Safarcherati, DDS alway try to save your teeth whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is unavoidable. There are two different types of extractions: simple and complex.

Simple extractions address teeth that are damaged due to trauma, such as severe cracking or irreparable tooth decay, or because of crowding. Typically, you will get a local anesthetic for these procedures. 

Complex extractions generally require a type of minor surgery, such as wisdom tooth removal. More complex extractions usually involve sedation.

Sometimes, as in the case of wisdom teeth, tissue may cover the tooth, which also requires removal. Removing a tooth surgically may require a couple of stitches in your gums.

After any type of extraction, our team places gauze in your mouth, which you need to leave in place until he advises you it’s safe to remove.

What happens to your mouth after a tooth extraction?

After an extraction, you will need to treat your mouth gently. Your gums may feel sore and you may have swollen cheeks. This swelling and soreness will gradually go away as your mouth heals. Make sure you follow all of your aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications.

How can you care for your mouth after a tooth extraction?

Caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction is largely about carefully following a list of dos and don’ts. It’s important to closely follow the rules or run the risk of developing dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site fails to develop or is prematurely dislodged.

Things you should do following tooth extraction:

Avoid doing the following:

What are the signs of complications after extraction?

Call Arya Dental right away if you experience any of the following symptoms that might be a sign of complications:

What will replace your old tooth?

Fortunately, when you get a tooth removed, you won’t have an empty space in your mouth forever. After about a week, our team will discuss your options for an attractive replacement option, such as dental implants or bridges.

If you need a tooth extraction, don’t worry. The team at Arya Dental will make sure that the process is as easy as possible. Our caring team will restore your smile back to its usual beauty soon.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Tips on How to Prepare Your Child for the Dentist

If you have dental anxiety, you may be worried about how your child will feel about the dentist as they grow up. There’s good news: You can help make visiting the dentist a positive experience and an excellent lifelong habit!

Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction

While erupting wisdom teeth and other dental issues are often painful, they don’t necessarily mean you’re going to need a tooth extraction. Only your trusted dentist can tell when a tooth needs to come out.

How to Know if Invisalign Is Right for You

Invisalign® can be a great choice for just about anyone looking for straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile. Still, it’s not the ideal choice for every patient. Here’s how to tell if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.

Why Are My Teeth Losing Their Whiteness?

If you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t as white or bright as they used to be, you’re far from alone. Your lifestyle habits, hygiene practices, overall health, and genetics can affect their hue.