With gentle techniques and precision technologies, Dr. Monti Harpalani and the team assure comfort and minimize risks on the “front-end” of treatment. So, you have an effortless and healthy recovery after your tooth is extracted. We also provide clear instructions on tooth extraction aftercare tips from our Houston TX office. Should you have any questions about your recovery, contact Vivid Dental at 281-809-4902. By following these instructions, you help to avoid discomfort and potential complications.
We’ll discuss any medications to ease potential pain, swelling, and inflammation well in advance of your procedure. Be sure to take the pills exactly as directed by your doctor. Some medications may require that you refrain from driving, operating machinery, or drinking alcohol.
The quicker you can apply ice or a cold compress after your treatment, the better. Gently hold the pack against the side of your face (where the tooth was extracted). Consistency is key to reducing inflammation and swelling, which aids in healthy healing following the procedure. Bleeding can also be controlled by biting down on gauze or another absorbent product. In some cases, Dr. Harpalani may recommend a warm, moist compress or another product to reduce swelling and other side effects.
Rest is vital to a healthy recovery following most any type of surgery, tooth extractions included. If you aren’t getting consistent, quality sleep, it can adversely affect your ability to heal following treatment, or it can delay your recovery. Try to plan for the procedure as much as possible. That way, your schedule better allows you to make your health a priority.
We’ll instruct on how to rinse your mouth with saltwater, and on foods and drinks to consume the day of and days following treatment. Generally, patients start with clear liquids and soft foods such as broth, yogurt, oatmeal, and mashed potatoes. We advise against sticky, hard foods, and carbonated beverages, which can put you at increased risk of a condition known as dry socket. This complication is associated with wisdom teeth removal and occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site becomes dislodged. Also, abstain from alcohol and smoking. Research has shown that the longer patients don’t smoke or drink, the better the outcomes of a successful surgery.
You may be tempted to touch the treatment area, or your tongue may naturally gravitate toward the extraction site. Resist the temptation to “mess with” the site too much, as this can aggravate the wound and adversely affect your body’s ability to heal.
Of course, every effort is made to avoid the need for extractions in the first place, and to proactively monitor wisdom teeth development! Contact Vivid Dental to schedule your appointment.