Tooth Extraction Recovery
For the first 24 hours after having a tooth removed, take extra precautions not to disturb the wound when eating or cleaning your teeth to prevent dislodging the blood clot. Keep your fingers, tongue, and anything else away from the site to prevent irritation, bleeding, and infection. Do not rinse or spit aggressively and avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and sucking on objects for the first day.
You may notice some light bleeding or oozing after the procedure. This is normal and can be controlled by biting on a folded piece of gauze for a minimum of 60 minutes. It is not uncommon to experience pain during the first initial days of recovery, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Also, you can apply cold compressions to the outside of the face for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off to reduce any swelling or bruising. Within four or five days, you can resume your normal diet and oral hygiene routine.
Root Canal Recovery
After a root canal, you may experience a dull ache, sensitivity to pressure, and the tooth may even feel loose , which will dissipate within a few days. You are welcome to use over-the-counter pain relievers and chew on the opposite side of your mouth until the discomfort subsides.
Call Our Office for Questions
If you experience difficulties or have any questions about your recovery, Newton Street Dental is always here for you. Do not hesitate to contact our office to have your concerns answered.