After your emergency tooth extraction, it’s crucial to follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Here are some general post-extraction care tips:
Pain Management: Your dentist may prescribe pain medication. Take it as directed, and avoid aspirin, as it can increase bleeding.
Rest: Rest for at least 24 hours after the extraction to facilitate the healing process.
Bite on Gauze: Bite on a sterile gauze pad placed over the extraction site to control bleeding.
Ice Pack: Apply an ice pack to your cheek in 20-minute intervals to reduce swelling.
Soft Diet: Stick to a soft diet for a few days, avoiding hard, chewy, or spicy foods.
Oral Hygiene: Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and maintain regular oral hygiene, being cautious around the extraction site.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption during the healing process, as they can slow down recovery.