ORAL HEALTH AND CARE
In this post we will discuss a very important issue for our oral health and are the care before and after a terrible toothache. Once your tooth extraction has been completed, your dentist should provide you with two sets of aftercare instructions. One will cover things to do (and not to do) during the first 24 hours after having your tooth pulled. The other will be recovery instructions for the days that follow. This group of instructions covers topics such as:
1) Controlling bleeding. Immediately after your tooth has been pulled, some amount of bleeding will occur, possibly for some time. In most cases, this bleeding can be controlled and ultimately stopped by performing the following steps: Place a piece of clean damp gauze over the empty tooth socket. Roll or fold it up into a ball or square. It’s the portion that rests directly over your wound that’s important. If you don’t have any gauze, a piece of clean cloth can be used instead. Bite firmly on the gauze for 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure the wad of gauze is large enough and positioned so that when you bite down on it it applies pressure directly onto your extraction site. If your bleeding seems to persist, a dampened tea bag can be more effective than gauze. One of the components of tea (black tea, the regular stuff you would use to make iced tea) is tannic acid. Tannic acid aids in the formation of blood clots, thus making this method a very effective technique. (Same instructions as above, just substitute the tea bag for the gauze.
2) What types of physical activities are appropriate.
3) Eating and drinking.
4) Issues with numbness.
5) Cleaning your teeth.
6) If indicated, the use of antibiotics.
Remember, the care you take (or don’t take) during this first 24 hour period will set the stage for the healing process to come. While this page contains common aftercare guidelines typically used during the first 24 hours after an extraction, your specific situation may involve special circumstances. For this reason, you should discuss these instructions with your dentist so they can amend them as is needed. Additionally, if you feel you have developed complications you should contact your dentist. It’s their obligation to address your needs.
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