Charlotte Impacted Tooth Extraction & Removal
5 Offices in Charlotte, Concord & Lake Norman
Tooth Extraction After Care
Brushing & Cleaning
After the extraction, avoid brushing teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that, you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, which may irritate the extraction site. Beginning 24 hours after the extraction, you can rinse with salt water (one teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water) after meals and before bed.
If swelling occurs, you can place ice on your face for 10 minutes, then off for 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as needed for up to 24 hours.
Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 30 minutes can control any bleeding that may occur.
Pain & Medications
If you experience pain, you might use non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
For most extractions, you must chew away from the extraction site. Don’t drink hot liquids or alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours.
Blood Clots That Form In The Empty Socket
You must be careful not to dislodge a clot that forms in the empty tooth socket, because clotting is an important part of the healing process.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
- Avoid use of a straw, smoking, or drinking hot liquids.
Dry socket is when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted, or the clot dislodges and significantly delays healing.
Carefully following your postoperative instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket, a condition that causes dull throbbing pain, starting three to four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry sockets look “dry,” and may cause a bad taste or bad breath.
Your doctor will apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to soothe the pain.
A tooth extraction leaves a hole in your jawbone. In time, the space will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months, but after a week or two, you shouldn’t notice the hole.
You should consult with your oral surgeon regarding tooth replacement options. Common options include:
- Dental Implants
Carolina’s Center For Oral Surgery Is Fully Accedited For Simple to Complex Tooth Extraction Procedures
Our team of doctors are double-board certified and bring a unique depth of experience and knowledge to the proper teeth care and extraction techniques. They apply this experience towards the comfort and care of each and every one of our patients in a clean and modern medical office setting. Read more about our board-certified oral surgery team here.
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