AFTER YOUR EXTRACTIONS

extracted_tooth_goes_to_heaven.jpg

After your extraction/surgery, please follow these instructions carefully to prevent any complications.

  1. Take it easy for the rest of the day. Don’t do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise/sports, as it can cause further bleeding.

  2. The numbness should dissipate in about 3-4 hours. While it is numb, be careful not to eat anything as you might bite into your lips, cheeks or tongue. Also, try to avoid hot drinks, as you may burn yourself.

  3. After the anaesthetic wears off, the surgical site will be sore. If you need it, get some pain killers.

  4. The bleeding will stop in about 10 minutes. If the bleeding starts again later, roll up the extra gauze and bite on it constantly for about 20 minutes. The pressure will stop the bleeding.

  5. Do not smoke or consume alcohol for at least 48 hours. This may cause an infection in the socket which will be more painful than a toothache..

  6. Leave the surgical site alone. Try not to prod or poke it with your tongue. Also, try to eat on the other side for the next few days and avoid eating grainy or chewy foods.

  7. Start salt water rinses the next day after the surgery for the next 5 days. Do this after every meal. Don’t do any vigorous rinsing today, but you may clean your teeth as normal.

  8. If stitches were placed, they should resorb in 2-3 weeks unless specified.

  9. If antibiotics or pain killers were prescribed, take them according to the right dosage and frequency.

A slight trickle of blood is normal after the procedure, but if heavy bleeding persists after 20 minutes of constant pressure, contact us immediately on 07 3188 9477.

Over the next few days, if you feel that the pain is getting worse or notice a swelling in the surgical area, this may mean an infection has developed. Contact us immediately on 07 3188 9477.

REPLACE THE MISSING TOOTH

Other than the wisdom teeth, all your other teeth play an important role in maintaining the balance of your chewing, eating, speaking and smiling. We highly suggest that you consider replacing the missing tooth sooner than later to avoid causing further problems for the surrounding teeth and bones, jaw joints and jaw muscles in the future.

Go to this page for more information about your options for Dentures, Bridges and Implants.

implant.png

Does tooth extraction hurt?

In general, tooth extraction is far less painful than we anticipate although a lot depends on your dentist’s competency. For most patients, the most painful thing is having the local anaesthetic injected into the gum but even then, this is more a sensation of pressure than pain. Once the anaesthetic is doing its job, the procedure tends to be painless, with feelings of discomfort occurring only after the treatment is complete.

What should I do for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction?

As the anaesthetic used during the treatment wears off, so many patients begin to experience some pain and discomfort where the tooth was removed. Dentists recommend rest and relaxation for the first 24 hours, along with prescription pain medication to ward off the worst of the discomfort. You can also reduce the pain by minimising how much you eat, drink and talk during the first few hours after an extraction.

Should I consult my dentist if the pain continues?

In most instances, the pain of tooth extraction will ease off after 24 to 48 hours. If, a few days after the procedure, you are experiencing increasing amounts of pain in and around the extraction site, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. Pain at this stage can be indicative of dry socket, a condition in which the blood clot over the wound hasn’t formed properly or has been dislodged.

How long does it take to recover from tooth extraction?

While the first day or so can be quite unpleasant, the rest of the recovery period is painless and straightforward, unless complications such as dry socket occur.  The soft tissues, like gums, generally heal completely within a few weeks, while jaw bone beneath the tooth can take up to six months to heal completely. For most people, the first seven days are the most crucial, after which they can return to their normal routine.

Are there any side effects from tooth extraction?

The most obvious side effects are pain and swelling around the extraction site, as well as some intermittent bleeding. These symptoms are to be expected and are all part of the body’s natural healing process. Some patients may have difficulty opening their mouths wide straight after surgery due to strain it placed on their jaw bone joint. This is usually temporary and disappears within a few days. Other possible side effects include infection, sinus problems and nerve injury.