Instructions to be followed after tooth removal

There are certain instructions that should be followed after removal of tooth for better healing process. All these precautions are taken inorder to provide a healthy environment for the blood clot formation and enhance the healing of the tooth removed socket.

On the day of extraction ,

  • Bite the cotton firmly for about one hour
  • Avoid hot and spicy food for three days
  • Do not spit the saliva instead keep swallowing for a day.
  • Do not rinse the mouth heavily for a day
  • Do not use straw kind of stuffs for drinking liquid, just do sipping.
  • Avoid forceful sneeze and cough for three days
  • Keep ice pack on the cheek over the tooth removed region ( particularly during the extraction of wisdom tooth and on the other tooth region when the extraction of the tooth was in difficulty level )
  • Hydrate well
  • Take the medications properly as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption for a week.
  • Do not bite and check the cheeks or lips for three hours after extraction because of numbness feel.
  • If any abnormal bleeding encountered or if mild bleed does not stop for 6 hours after extraction, immediately report to the hospital.

From the next day of extraction,

  • Rinse the mouth well for 4-5 times with warm saline water ( 2 ml of salt mixed with 250 ml of lukewarm water)
  • Brush and floss every day to remove plaque formation
  • Avoid brushing on the tooth removed region for three days or do gentle brushing
  • Gently start with mouth opening exercise after 48 hours of extraction
  • Do not stop antibiotics (if prescribed) in a day or two just because the symptoms are subsided , complete the full course as recommended by your surgeon.
  • If sutures are placed, report to the hospital and get it removed after a week of extraction
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene for asymptomatic healing
  • If any abnormal pain encountered after three days of extraction, it could be due to dry socket Dry socket – Reason and treatmentand report to the hospital.
  • If not able to open the mouth adequately or encountering pain while opening after 4-5 days of extraction , it could be due to trismus, indicating inadequate mouth opening exercises. Keep hot pack on the cheek on such condition for 4-5 times on regular interval and report to the hospital.

 

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