At Proffitt Dentistry, Maryville, Tennessee, we understand how difficult it can be to lose a permanent tooth. We make every effort to help our patients have a smooth tooth extraction and recovery. It’s not unusual to experience some discomfort for the first few days after an extraction. These tips from Dr. William Proffitt can help you manage any discomfort after tooth extraction and get back on your feet.
How to Manage Discomfort after a Tooth Extraction
Whether you had a simple or surgical tooth extraction, you may experience sensitivity or discomfort for a few days near the extraction site. Here are a few ways to manage that discomfort and have a smoother recovery.
- Medications – Dr. Proffitt may prescribe painkillers and an antibiotic to prevent infection, depending on your procedure. Taking these as instructed can help relieve inflammation and discomfort. If no painkillers are prescribed, you can take OTC medications to get relief
- Ice packs – Applying ice packs on your face as needed will help minimize swelling and discomfort
- Saltwater rinses – Rinsing your mouth is not recommended for the first 48 hours following the extraction. After that rinse gently, however, to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms naturally in the socket to help you heal
- Soft food diet – Only eat soft foods after extraction to avoid discomfort when chewing. Chewing can also dislodge the blood clot from the extraction site. We recommend you stick to soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, or blended foods for some time to give your mouth time to heal
- Rest – Resting will help your mouth recover quicker so you can return to your everyday life. Plan on getting plenty of rest for the first 24 hours after your extraction and avoid strenuous activities for at least a few days to expedite your recovery
If any discomfort continues for more than three to four days after your procedure, contact us so we can evaluate your condition.
For more information about tooth extraction and recovery, contact Proffitt Dentistry in Maryville, TN, at (865) 432-0804.
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