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Tooth Extraction

When a tooth is removed, it is a surgical procedure.  There is mild discomfort, even after a simple extraction.  Some research shows that taking drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) can help to decrease the pain after tooth extraction.  Take the recommended dose, 3 to 4 times a day.  It’s best to take the first pills before the local anesthesia has had a chance to wear off.  Continuing to take the medication for 3 to 4 days.

A surgical extraction usually is more painful than a simple extraction.  How much pain?  Well, that usually will depend on how difficult it is to remove the tooth.  Pain medication may be prescribed for several days. 

Here are some ways to help minimize discomfort and to speed up recovery.

Ice packs on the face to help reduce swelling.  Leave them on for 20 minutes at a time and then remove them for 20 minutes.  If your jaw becomes stiff or sore after the swelling as reduced, try a warm compress.

Eat only soft and cool foods for a few days.

Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water, starting 24 hours after surgery.  This keeps the area clean.  Use ½ teaspoon of salt per 1 cup of water.  Usually swelling and bleeding will end within one day or two after the surgery.  Complete healing can take up to two weeks. Family Cosmetic Dentist Spanish Fort, AL

Do not smoke, use a straw, or spit after surgery.  These actions will pull the blood cot out of the hole where the tooth once was. 

If stitches are needed, your doctor may use the kind that dissolves on their own.  They can take 1 to 2 weeks to dissolve.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, this will help them to dissolve.  Some stitches are placed that will need to be removed by the dentist or surgeon.  Family Cosmetic Dentist Spanish Fort, AL

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