Five Tips for Healing Quickly After a Tooth Extraction
There are a whole range of reasons why you might need to have a tooth extracted. This is always a last resort, but in some cases of overcrowding, gum disease, severe tooth damage or decay, your dentist will recommend that removing a tooth is the best way forward.
If your dentist has suggested a tooth extraction, you may be concerned about the healing process. There are some things you can do to speed up the process and make it much less uncomfortable.
1. Wait until the anaesthetic has worn off before having any hot food or drinks
It can take a few hours or more for the anaesthetic to completely wear off. We recommend you wait until you have full feeling back in your mouth before having any hot food or drinks. If you don’t, you’re at risk of scalding your mouth which will add extra discomfort during the healing process. Once you’re able to eat, choose soft foods that don’t require much chewing.
2. Rest as much as possible… but keep your head upright
It’s really important to rest after a tooth extraction, especially while the anaesthetic is still wearing off. However, you shouldn’t just go to bed and lie down as normal. It’s important to keep your head propped upright on pillows to reduce any bleeding.
3. Don’t rinse your mouth out for 24 hours
Rinsing your mouth out too soon after the extraction could stop blood clotting around the extraction site and result in a lot more bleeding. For best results, wait for twenty four hours and then use a gentle salt water mouthwash four times a day.
4. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke
It’s important to avoid alcohol for twenty four hours after the extraction. We also recommend that you don’t smoke for as long as possible after the extraction; at least for the rest of the day.
5. Keep your toothbrush away from the healing site
Though it’s important to maintain great dental hygiene, we recommend avoiding the healing site with your toothbrush for the first few days.