Teeth may need to be extracted for various reasons including infection, teeth that are severely compromised/unrestorable, non-exfoliation of baby teeth, orthodontic treatment, as well as various other reasons. When teeth need to be removed in adults or children, we take great care to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
CARE OF MOUTH AFTER EXTRACTION
1. Do NOT rinse your mouth today. Tomorrow rinse your mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm (not hot) water. Continue to rinse for several day.
2. BLEEDING. Following extractions some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the affected area and bite down firmly for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
3. SWELLING. An ice bag of chopped ice wrapped in a towel may be applied to the affected area. 15-30 minutes on. 15-30 minutes off for 4-5 hours.
4. PAIN. Follow the dentist instructions for pain management.
5. FOOD. Light diet of soft food is advisable during the first couple of days.
6. BONEY EDGES. Small sharp fragments of bone may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying return to the dentist for removal.
7. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.
THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOUR DENTIST EXPLICITLY, AS INDIVIDUAL RECOMMENDATIONS MAY VARY.