Healing following a dental extraction is often a slow process. It takes time, and a lot of attention to detail to make sure it happens properly. If you have recently had a dental extraction, you likely know what we’re talking about. Here at Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to help you with healing following a dental extraction. Here are some things you can do to speed up your healing.
When you have a tooth extracted, you need to take care of the extraction site. This means keeping food out of the socket, and only eating foods that won’t hurt your mouth. You need to avoid using straws and smoking cigarettes at all costs during this time. If you suck on anything, it can dislodge the clot, causing your bleeding to restart.
Every few hours, you are going to need to perform a salt water rinse. This involves taking warm water, adding a little salt, and rinsing with the solution once the salt dissolves. This rids your mouth of bacteria, and helps speed up healing following a dental extraction. After the first 24 hours, you will also want to brush your teeth like normal. Just make sure you are careful around the socket so you don’t restart the bleeding. Also, avoid using any type of mouthwash that contains alcohol, as that could hurt and dry out your mouth.
Following a dental extraction, if you find that you have questions, call us. We are always here, ready to help with anything we can. Dental extractions are not easy, but they don’t have to be difficult, either. Taking the proper steps to care for your mouth can improve how long healing takes, leaving you feeling better in no time.