Post Operative Care
After a tooth extraction or other dental or oral surgery, taking proper care of your gums and teeth is critical to a healthy and full recovery.
Here are a few tips to make your recovery easier:
- Immediately After the Operation: Bit down on the thick gauze pad for at least an hour following your procedure. Resist the urge to remove the gauze! We will provide you with extra gauze in case bleeding persists. If at bedtime you are still experiencing leaking, sleep with 2 pillows keeping your head elevated
- Dealing with Pain: Some pain is very normal after an extraction or other procedure. If you are prescribed medicine take it as directed. Pain can peak at the 2-3 day mark after an extraction so don't be alarmed
- Diet: After an extraction it is best to consume only soft or liquid foods. Try to avoid tough or chewy items to avoid unnecessary discomfort and to aid with healing.
- Swelling: To control swelling gently apply icepacks to the affected area 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
- Hygiene: You can still brush your teeth but be careful! Avoid the area of the mouth involved in the procedure. To clean that area rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- General: To aid in healing try to avoid strenuous activity; spitting, drinking through a straw, smoking, or drinking hot liquids.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery do not hesitate to contact your trusted North York - Yorkdale Dentist at 416.785.8586