Although the extraction of teeth is undesirable, it is a common, necessary procedure in certain situations. If the tooth cannot be restored, or if the restoration may be compromised, extraction with or without subsequent implant placement would be indicated.
After the surgery you will need to rest. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication for you which you should take as directed if you become sore. You can also use an ice pack for the pain and swelling. Salt-water rinses throughout the days following the extraction will greatly improve healing time and any post-operative discomfort.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing.
It is very important to avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after an extraction, if not longer. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.