After tooth extraction treatment, it is likely that you will experience some pain and sensitivity. You may also experience some bleeding immediately after treatment. These are natural common symptoms after the procedure. The bleeding is expected to stop a short period after the procedure. However, the sensitive pain will remain. To recover, there are certain steps you should consider for a painless and quick recovery. Before we get into that, if you’re seeking tooth extraction treatment, it is important you understand what occurs once the procedure is complete.
Develop The Blood Clot
Once the bleeding is halted, the affected area where the tooth has been removed will form a blood clot. The clot will form itself to avoid infection but usually takes some time to develop. If the blood clot is dislodged or dissolves too early, something called a ‘dry socket’ will form. This can be painful and leave the nerve tissues exposed. If you don’t recover with care, this may also lead to illness .
The Aftercare Tips
In order to avoid dry socket forming and for the blood clot to fully form, follow these effective aftercare tips at home for a swift recovery.
- Limit The Swelling– To prevent swelling, it is recommended that you place an ice pack against the cheek of the affected area. A frozen pack of peas will also do. Place the pack against your cheek ten minutes per hour at a time throughout the day. Also, take recommended or prescribed medication.
- Limit Physical Activity– The frustrating part for many is the lack of physical activity one can do after tooth extraction treatment. Adequate rest is important for recovery. Avoid any rigorous exercise and wait for the blood clot to fully set before beginning to return to your daily routine.
- Sleep Or Lay Elevated– When you’re either laying down on the sofa or in the bed, elevate or tilt the head forward when against the pillow at a 45-degree angle for the first 2 to 3 days. This will stem any blood and set the blood clot quicker.
- Eat Softer Foods– The affected area must be kept clear of debris to reduce the chances of the blood clot dislodging or an infection occurring. Drink cool water regularly to stay hydrated and stay away from chewy and solid foods that require a substantial effort of the jaw.
- Stop Talking– As the blood clot heals, mouth activity (especially talking), should be kept to a minimum. The more activity your mouth is involved in during recovery, the slower the recovery and more strain on the jaw muscles.
Tooth extraction recovery requires careful recovery to ensure the treatment is a success. Pulling a tooth is sometimes necessary but following these tips will ensure a faster recovery. Failure to do so may require another visit to the dentist and potentially further emergency treatment.