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Tooth Extraction: Tips for a Speedy Recovery


a girl with pain after a tooth extraction

A survey showed that 59% of Canadians between the ages of 12 and 19 have a cavity. This is just one of many dental issues we have to face.

If you are having dental issues or if you have crowded teeth, your dentist may mention tooth extraction. If this is the case, you may seek some tips for the recovery period after the tooth extraction.

It is important to be prepared and know how to take care of your oral health.

Keep reading to find out how to recover after tooth extraction.


Eat Soft Foods

Tooth extractions may be suggested if you have a wisdom tooth, gum disease or crowded teeth.

After your tooth is removed, you should eat soft and non-irritating foods. Avoid anything that is excessively hot or crunchy that could irritate your tooth socket.

It’s also recommended that you avoid any strongly flavored foods. Heavily spiced foods or strong seasonings could be irritating to the extraction site.

It is also a good idea to stay away from very hot or cold liquids.


Get Rest

After a tooth extraction, you need to make sure you take a rest.

Resting allows the body to recover and repair itself. This also be necessary after sedation since you may feel groggy.

It’s also recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for about two days. Activity increases your heart rate, which could increase the risk of post-operative bleeding.


Keep Your Mouth Clean

Your dental hygiene is still important after a tooth extraction. You should continue to floss and brush your teeth twice every day.

Avoid the area where the tooth was extracted. You don’t want to irritate the area with the bristles of your toothbrush.

Rinse out your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash. This is usually 2 to 3 times a day to keep the extraction site clean.


Take Medications

Your dentist will give you recommendations for aftercare. This may include a prescription for antibiotics or pain relievers.

In most cases, pain relievers should do the job. Always ask for your dentist's recommendations first to be on the safe side.


Tooth Extraction: Recovery Guide

Take a good rest and keep your mouth clean; the extraction site will then be able to heal without any issues. Do you have dental issues? Northland Village Dental Centre offers reliable general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. We also offer emergency dentistry services; if you have an urgent condition, please call us.

Contact us today to make an appointment.


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