Having a tooth extracted may be necessary for numerous reasons, such as decay, trauma and/or disease. Those in Clarksburg/Urbana, Maryland and the surrounding areas can visit Dr. Alireza Hamidzadeh, DDS, MS, at Happy Smiles Dental for their veneer needs.
Following an extraction, you will need to allow a few days to recover at home. With proper rest and care, tooth extraction wounds typically heal quickly and without complications. Expect to rest at home for the first 24 hours, which means staying home from work or school. Limiting strenuous activity in the first few days will reduce bleeding and help the blood clot to form.
Minor swelling and discomfort are common symptoms of extracted teeth, and not cause for concern. Most swelling and pain can be managed by applying ice to the affected area following the procedure. Your oral surgeon may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe pain medications to minimize discomfort.
To speed the recovery process and reduce the risk for infection, patients should eat soft foods in the first few days following the extraction. Good, nutritious options include soup, yogurt, eggs, and applesauce. As the extraction site heals, you can slowly add solid foods back to your diet.