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Your dentist may have advised you to have a tooth out because of decay, infection or overcrowding.

Whatever the reason, you can prepare yourself by reading our guide on what to do after having a tooth out.

In it, we explain what to do after a tooth has been removed to help you through the recovery period. We’ll also give you a few tips to help you prepare for your extraction so you can feel confident about what to expect.

How to prepare for having a tooth out

Before your extraction, you will have an appointment with your dentist to help prepare for the procedure.

They will take an x-ray of your tooth and discuss the process with you.

During the appointment, you should tell your dentist about any medication, vitamins or supplements you are taking, as well as any medical conditions you have.

Your dentist may give you antibiotics to take for a few days before your extraction.

You may want to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the dentist’s surgery on the day of the extraction. This is a must if you are having a surgical extraction, as you will be having intravenous anaesthesia.

What to know on the day

Your extraction will either be simple or surgical. In a simple extraction, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. This means you won’t feel any pain, just some pressure as your dentist loosens and removes the tooth.

In a surgical extraction, it is likely that, as well as local anaesthesia, you will be given intravenous anaesthesia to help you feel relaxed.

Your dentist will cut into your gum to remove your tooth. They may also need to remove some bone around the tooth. Don’t worry, as you won’t feel a thing thanks to the anaesthesia.

Self-care after your extraction

It’s important to take care of yourself after the extraction. Rest after the procedure and avoid exercise. Keep your head propped up with an extra pillow when you lie down to avoid bleeding.

What to avoid after having a tooth out:

  • Don’t rinse your mouth out for 24 hours after the procedure. This will help the socket to heal.
  • Don’t eat on the affected side of your mouth.
  • Don’t use a straw for 24 hours afterwards.
  • Don’t smoke.

What you can do to aid recovery:

  • Apply an ice pack to your cheek to reduce swelling.
  • Eat soft foods for a day or so after the procedure.
  • Be careful when you brush your teeth, going gently around the extraction site.
  • If there is some bleeding, apply pressure on the socket by biting firmly onto a clean piece of fabric.
  • After 24 hours, you can use a saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse twice a day for a week.
  • Take any medications given by your dentist. Avoid taking aspirin for pain relief, as it can cause bleeding.
  • If you are in pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter medication or persistent bleeding, go and see your dentist.
  • If your dentist has made a follow-up appointment for you, be sure to keep it.

Your caring local dentist in Te Atatu

If you know what to expect during your procedure and what to do before and afterwards, you will feel more confident — reading our tips should help you.

And if you’re looking for a local caring dentist in Te Atatu, reach out to us here at Opal Dental. We offer a full range of dental services, including extractionscheck-ups and much more.

Make an appointment by giving our friendly team a call today.

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