Tooth Extraction After Care Treatment
Post- op instructions
Congratulations, you have overcome the fear of extractions! The mind over matter has been completed. We know that that was not easy and want you to recover at home with ease. If you take the medications as prescribed it will help the recovery period.
We recommend that you have no suction in your mouth for 48 hours. That means no rinsing or spitting. No drinking through straws or SMOKING. Any of these can cause suction and pull the blood clot out of the socket that is healing. If the socket is disrupted during the healing process, dry socket can occur. This is a very painful process. We strongly recommend that if you are a smoker try to abstain from it for the next couple of days.
Keep brushing your teeth normally, but DO NOT spit at the end of your brushing and instead lean over the sink and add water to your toothbrush to allow the water to just fall out of your mouth. Once again DO NOT SPIT!
There may be stitches in your mouth. They are self dissolving stitches and will come out on their own, so DON’T play with them as it may take longer to heal.
We strongly suggest that you stick to a soft food diet over the next few days. Nothing too hot, spicy, or sharp, like Chips.
Examples of soft foods: mashed potatoes, yogurt, apple sauce, ice cream, jello, pudding, soup. We do not recommend RICE, there can be little bits that are hard to fully chew and may get lodged inside the socket.