How to take care of your teeth and gums after an extraction

Reflection of a woman brushing her teeth - Tooth Extraction Stockton CAEach and every year, millions of Americans decide to move forward with tooth extraction procedures.

Sometimes these procedures are brought on by wisdom teeth issues, other times accidental damage and facial trauma is the root cause, and sometimes a tooth simply becomes too decayed or too damaged to be saved with something like a root canal or dental crown.

Here at California Oral Surgery and Implantology we routinely provide tooth extraction procedures, specializing in this dental health service, and understand exactly how important it is to take care of your
teeth and your gums following an extraction procedure.

Here are some tips to help with any anxiety or concerns you may be having before your surgery.

Start Your Recovery Before Your Procedure

There are a lot of things you can do to really help speed up the recovery process of your tooth extraction procedure, even starting before the procedure has actually been successfully completed.

Our California Oral Surgery and Implantology experts are going to recommend that you stop using any tobacco or alcohol products as soon as possible in the lead up to your procedure and that you certainly do not partake in any of these products in the 24 hours immediately before your procedure.

You’ll also want to share with your California Oral Surgery and Implantology expert any information regarding specific medications you may be taking on a regular or irregular basis.

Get Plenty of Rest

Your body is going to need plenty of time to recover from a tooth extraction procedure, usually much more than you ever would have expected or anticipated.

The odds are very good that you’ll be tired (very tired) immediately following your procedure and you’ll want to take the next 24 to 48 hours as easy as possible. Shoot for as much rest in these 48-hours as possible, really giving your body every chance to recover and reset.

Manage Your Pain

Depending on the specifics of your unique situation, your California Oral Surgery and Implantology surgeon may or may not prescribe pain medication to help you get through the first few days following your surgery.

It’s always a good idea to use this medication to help you control overwhelming pain. At the same time, you’ll want to make sure that you stop using pain meds as early as possible and instead focus on managing your pain with OTC anti-inflammatory medicines, ice packs, and similar methods of pain relief.

Be Careful Cleaning Your Teeth

Your California Oral Surgery and Implantology surgeon and the dental team will tell you how long you should wait specifically until you start brushing and flossing your teeth as normal, usually a couple of days until you can get back into your dental routine.

In the meantime, you’ll want to gently rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater mixture as often as 4 times a day for the first week or so. This will keep your smile clean without negatively impacting the extraction site.

Listen to Your Surgeon

At the end of the day, the dental professionals here at California Oral Surgery and Implantology have been providing tooth extraction services for a number of years.

They know how to help you navigate this situation, how to speed up your recovery process, how to make sure that you enjoy a happy and healthy smile as quickly as possible, and what it takes to get there.

To learn more about how the experts at California Oral Surgery and Implantology can help you with your tooth extraction needs, reach out to the office and make an appointment today.

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