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A tooth extraction is a fancy term for having a tooth removed by an experienced dentist. After an extraction, there are things you should do at home to ensure your mouth and gums stay healthy. Here are some tips on what to do after a dental extraction in Studio City.
It’s not uncommon for the site to bleed a little after the procedure and throughout the first day. Your dentist will help you control bleeding by placing a piece of gauze on the site and telling you to bite down firmly. This will help to form a blood clot within the tooth socket. Continue to do this at home if bleeding continues. If you bleed beyond the first day, call your dentist.
If you have pain or discomfort, take OTC pain medications or prescribed medicines as directed by your dentist. While on prescription meds, refrain from driving because they can make you drowsy.
Place an ice pack on the cheek of your extraction site for 10 minutes on then five minutes off. Repeat as necessary. Bruising is normal after a tooth extraction so don’t be alarmed. It should go away naturally.
Don’t plan any activities for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Instead, take this time to rest and get quality sleep to help with the healing process. Elevate your head slightly when resting on the couch or in bed.
Check out these do’s when it comes to taking care of your mouth after an extraction.
Here’s what NOT to do when caring for your mouth after an extraction.
Normal healing should take place after a tooth extraction, and you should not hesitate to call your dentist with questions or concerns. In addition, you should call your dentist if:
If you think you need a tooth extraction, or you have just had one and are experiencing issues, contact us right away at 818-762-2977.