Having a tooth removed due to injury, decay, or other reasons is something that most people approach with dread. While modern anesthetics and pain medications are able to make the tooth extraction itself relatively comfortable and pain-free, some dental patients find themselves dealing with more discomfort or pain during the recovery period than they should.
In many cases, the increased discomfort during recovery may have been caused by certain choices the patient made. If you are facing the extraction of a tooth and want to enjoy the best possible recovery afterward, the following advice can help you avoid making poor choices that may prolong your discomfort.
Smoking lessens the ability of the tooth extraction site to properly clot and heal after the procedure because it interferes with the healthy blood oxygen levels necessary for tissue regeneration to occur. Additionally, the combination of the chemicals involved in smoking and the sucking action involved in drawing on a cigarette can lead to the very painful condition known as dry socket.
Don't take aspirin
The formation of a clot is necessary to help seal the extraction site and begin the healing process. Aspirin use, as well as some other well-known blood thinners, should be avoided for this reason after a tooth extraction.
Don't miss doses of an antibiotic prescription
If your dentist prescribes an antibiotic, it is important for you to take each dose on time. Failing to do so can lead to an infection that can make healing more difficult, as well as increase the risk of many serious health problems.
Don't eat hard foods
Chewing on ice, eating crunchy salads, and snacking on pretzels and chips are all activities that should be avoided after a tooth extraction. This is because of the potential to damage tender tissues near the extraction site and hinder the healing process.
Don't play dentist
The site of the extraction may change shape and feel weird for a few days after the tooth is removed. Poking, prodding, or even exploring the site with your tongue will not hasten the healing process. Patients who are concerned that the site is not healing properly should never play dentist.
Instead, at the first sign that a problem may exist, dental patients who have recently undergone a tooth extraction should always call their dental care provider and discuss their concerns.
Dental care providers are happy to provide extensive care directions and information about tooth extraction that, when followed, can help speed the healing process.Share
30 November 2018
Hi, my name is Kevin Nelson and I want to tell you about my experience. I had a painful tooth so I went to see my dentist. After the examination, he said that I needed to have a root canal to save the tooth. I told the dentist to just pull the tooth instead and then he explained why that wasn't a good idea. He said that pulling the tooth would cause additional problems and then he told me what could happen. I didn't want any more problems, so the dentist did the root canal and I'm glad that he did. I wanted to write a blog to tell others about the benefits of a root canal and what to expect during the procedure. I hope that by getting the word out, other people won't make the same mistake that I almost did by getting a perfectly good tooth pulled.