What to do after tooth extraction: recommendations
If you have just removed a tooth-it is very important to know what to do after tooth extraction. It will prevent inflammation of the well, the development of bleeding or swelling, which often occur due to errors in the behavior of patients.
For example, very often patients strongly rinse the mouth, which leads to the loss of clot and the development of suppuration, or take aspirin (promotes bleeding and hematomas).
Also at the end of the article, you can see how normally should look like the wells of the removed teeth after a different time after removal.
Tooth removed: what to do after removal
Below we have summarized all the recommendations after tooth extraction, which can be useful to you: how can you rinse your mouth, whether you can smoke after tooth extraction and whether you can drink alcohol, how much you can eat after tooth extraction.
All of the following recommendations are based on their personal 15 years of experience as a dental surgeon, as well as academic knowledge. But if you do not understand something, you can ask your question in the comments at the bottom of the article.
1. How Long Do I Keep Gauze After Tooth Extraction
Put on the wound gauze swab must be spat 15-20 minutes after removal. It may put pressure over the wound and also help it to prevent bleeding. However, be sure you don’t chew gauze piece.
If you can keep it in position longer that is best but be sure to change the gauze after about every half an hour, based on the amount of bleeding. If once the clot forms it becomes dislodge the nerve endings become vulnerable.
View of the extraction immediately after the veil was removed tamponage: saliva is the first time in norm can be painted in pink color due to the allocation of ichor (do not confuse this with bleeding). It is not clear why many patients stop swallowing saliva and accumulate it in the oral cavity. The last to do not need saliva to swallow as usual.
2. How much can you eat after tooth extraction?
Most often, patients are interested in when you can eat after tooth extraction, what food is best to eat. You can eat safely after 2 hours, but on the other side (where the tooth was removed) – it is undesirable to chew anything dense or hard in the first days after removal. It is necessary in order not to injure a fresh blood clot in the hole of the removed tooth.
You can drink water immediately after tooth extraction. As for the food, if you still can not tolerate 2 hours, then you can safely immediately drink a glass of kefir or eat yogurt. In General, there is no ban on certain products, it is only necessary that the cooked food in the first days be soft (for example, if the meat is scrolled).
3. Apply a cold to avoid swelling
What to do after tooth extraction to prevent the development of edema… as soon as you come home your first action is to get ice from the freezer or a piece of frozen meat, wrap it in a towel and attach it to the cheek in the projection of the removed tooth. This is necessary to avoid or reduce possible swelling of the soft tissues of the face, which can develop (especially if the removal was difficult).
Tooth border gate ice requires 3-4 times 5 minutes each with an interval of 5-10 minutes between each approach. To keep the ice only makes sense in the first hours after the removal, then it is useless. But to heat, and applying heat – absolutely not, since the abscess, in this case, is provided.
Important: if you want to avoid the maximum development of swelling of the soft tissues of the face, in addition to the use of cold necessarily in the first 2-3 days after removal, take antihistamines (antiallergic) drugs. This group of drugs has including a good decongestant effect. Especially suitable “Suprastin” 1 tablet a day before bedtime (for 2-3 days).
4. Can I smoke after tooth extraction?
Smoking after tooth extraction is not desirable for at least 3 hours, but it is better to refrain from Smoking in the first 1-2 days. This is because nicotine causes a sharp spasm of blood vessels in the mucous membrane and the surface layers of the bone, which will not favorably affect the healing of the wound surface.
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5. Can I drink alcohol after tooth extraction?
Due to the experienced stress, many patients ask separately whether it is possible to drink alcohol after tooth extraction. In General, alcohol intake is contraindicated during the first 24 hours after removal, but if the doctor prescribed you antibiotics, then alcohol cannot be taken during the entire course of antibiotic therapy (i.e., 5-7 days).
If antibiotics are not prescribed, then of course from a small amount of weak alcohol is unlikely to come to any consequences. But large doses can lead to the fact that the hole can start bleeding again, or there may be a hematoma.
7. Use of Painkillers
If the removal was simple-analgesic after tooth extraction may not be necessary. But if you want to prevent the appearance of pain, it is better before the anesthesia – take a strong tablet analgesic (which is better to choose-see the link, but remember that after removal you can not take aspirin).
An excellent remedy for pain can be your pet 🙂 sometimes the pain is very strong. As a rule, this happens if the removal was performed by a doctor very traumatic or left sedentary bone fragments. The most severe pain is when the doctor used a drill to drill the bone, and it was not used water cooling (this leads to necrosis of bone tissue as a result of overheating).
Important: numerous studies show that the strength of pain after tooth extraction is reduced by an average of 30-50% if the doctor sutures the hole of the removed tooth. Also, the convergence of the edges of the mucous membrane suturing – to protect the blood clot from loss and injury, dramatically reduces the risk of inflammation of the well, almost completely eliminates the occurrence of bleeding.
After the usual simple removal, most dental surgeons rarely suture. I can recommend for the future-always ask your surgeon to impose before removing you 1-2 sutures, even if the removal is simple, and even if you have to pay extra for it 300-400 rubles. Sutures usually do not have to be removed (dissolve themselves), but will reduce pain and reduce the risk of complications.
8. Antiseptic rinses/baths
Remember that you can not rinse your mouth for the first few days after removal, because you can easily rinse out the blood clot from the well. In the hole without a clot will be constantly stuffed food, rot there, causing inflammation and pain. It is better to replace rinsing with baths (to type in a mouth antiseptic solution, to hold and spit out, or slightly it “to shake”).
9. Antibiotics after tooth extraction
Antibiotics after tooth extraction should be prescribed by a dental surgeon, and not taken alone. Antibiotic for tooth extraction is always prescribed in situations where
• the tooth was removed on the background of inflammation; it
was a difficult removal,
• there is a risk of complications.
Amoxiclav after tooth extraction is one of the most effective and popular drugs for dental surgeons. He has an affinity for bone tissue. Adults need Amoxiclav 625 mg (each tablet contains amoxicillin 500 mg and clavulanic acid 125 mg). The drug is taken 2 times a day for 5-7 days.
However, if you receive antibiotics often develop diarrhea, it is best to use another antibiotic – “Unidox-Solutab” (tablets of 100 mg; take 2 times a day – for 5-7 days). This antibiotic is much less likely to cause stomach upset. We recommend these two antibiotics to choose from.
Important: because these antibiotics are not cheap, we as an alternative indicate another Russian drug as capsules Lincomycin 0.25 (taken 2 capsules 3 times a day, only 5-7 days). This is an inexpensive, quite effective drug, but unfortunately, it has a very strong effect on the intestinal microflora.
10. If there is blood from the hole
Several effective methods will stop the bleeding. Most often, the wound bleeds in people who have high blood pressure (hypertension). However, the rise of pressure can be provoked in perfectly healthy people due to psychological stress.
The first thing to do-is to apply to the wound tightly twisted swab of a sterile bandage, and then immediately measure the pressure. And if it is increased – take the appropriate drug.
11. If you have high blood pressure
If you regularly measure the pressure, if it is higher than the working – drink the appropriate drug. Otherwise, the risk of bleeding or hematoma is very high. The first can lead to weakness and dizziness, and the formation of hematomas is fraught with its suppuration and the need for its opening.
12. If you have diabetes
If you have a device for determining blood sugar at home – it is desirable to immediately measure the sugar. Stress from removal contributes to the release of adrenaline, the concentration of which largely depends on the blood sugar. This will help you prevent feeling unwell.
13. Suture removal after removal
After tooth extraction, the sutures are usually removed no later than 7-8 days. However, removal of seams may not be necessary if, for example, catgut is used as a suture material. This material resolves itself in 10 days. When you see that Shevchenko very hang out – they can be removed easily with clean fingers.
14. Dental treatment after removal
Treatment after tooth extraction is desirable to continue not earlier than 7 days. If the removal was difficult, sometimes it may take up to 14 days. This is because there is a lot of pathogenic infection in carious teeth, which when drilling the tooth can easily get into the blood clot and lead to suppuration.
How normally should look like the hole of the removed tooth
As you will see below – the blood clot after tooth extraction is first intensely Burgundy. Gradually, the surface of the clot becomes whitish/yellowish (this is the norm because there is a diffusion of fibrin). Normally, the blood clot the next day should already be dense. If the clot becomes loose-this means its disintegration, and you should get acquainted with the symptoms of inflammation of the well, in time to see a doctor.
What does the gum look like after tooth extraction (normal) –
View of the hole immediately after the gauze pad was removed View of the three holes of the extracted teeth 12 hours after removal view of the holes removed six front teeth the day after removal
View of the hole remote six front teeth 7 days after removal of the View-hole remote six front teeth 12 days after removal of the Form of the holes remote of the six anterior teeth in 20 days after removal
Oral care after tooth extraction –
For oral cavity requires careful care after tooth extraction. Teeth should be cleaned as usual, including a group of teeth in the area of the removed tooth. The latter is simply cleaned more carefully, so as not to injure the blood clot. Rinse your mouth from the foam should also be careful not to rinse out the clot from the well.