Do you have an upcoming tooth extraction? If so, you will need to set aside time after your procedure to recover. Most people can return to work within two to three days of their tooth extraction. However, those who work in physically demanding professions will likely need an extra day or two to resume normal work activities.
Our prosthodontist will send you home with a take-home packet of instructions after your procedure. This packet contains helpful information on what to expect after your treatment, how to manage discomfort, and how to clean your teeth. It’s important to reference this packet for any questions or concerns you have as you recover.
When is a tooth extraction necessary?
There are a few instances where tooth extractions might be necessary to preserve oral health. If teeth are badly diseased, their removal can help protect the spread of infections to other tissue. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted, too, because they rarely emerge properly and contribute to a number of oral health concerns. Teeth may also be removed among patients who are preparing to receive prosthetics like dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
How can I manage discomfort after a tooth extraction?
There are a few steps patients can take to manage discomfort after their oral surgeries. Over the counter and prescription pain relievers can be used to diminish post-operative comfort and reduce swelling. When it comes to medication, be sure to follow your oral health provider’s instructions carefully for optimal results.
The day of and day after a tooth extraction is a great time to apply cold compresses to the outside of the face and jaw. These cold compresses will help control swelling. Preventing swelling can greatly increase comfort.
Why is dry socket a concern?
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot will form over the extraction site. The formation of this clot is an essential part of the recovery process. Dry socket is a concern when the blood clot is dislodged. Those who develop dry socket can experience discomfort and slower healing times.
Give our team at Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center a call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.