How to Plan for a Tooth Removal

Healthy tooth in forceps reflected in dental mirror with dental steel tools on a wooden tableTooth removal is a surgical procedure, which means you will experience some mild discomfort once it is done. If you have a tooth extraction scheduled, it is essential to talk to your Broomfield dentist about aftercare and what you can do to help alleviate any pain. Below are some tips for planning your tooth removal.

How to Minimize Discomfort

If you do not have any in your home, go out and purchase some ice packs to keep in the freezer. These will come in handy to reduce any swelling that occurs on your face. You want to leave them on for 20 minutes at a time, and remove the ice for another 20 minutes in between. You also want to ensure you have soft and cold foods in the house that will be satisfactory for a few days. Hard or hot foods will only irritate the area and cause additional discomfort.

It would help if you also kept the area clean with a gentle, warm salt-water rinse. Use half a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Complete healing takes at least two weeks, so keep up with the rinses until you know you are in the clear. You should not smoke, use a straw, or spit after the surgery, as it can pull the blood clot out of the hole.

If you experience any major complications, it is essential to call your dentist or surgeon right away. The following symptoms warrant a call:

  • The swelling gets worse, not better
  • You experience a fever, chills, or redness
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • There is uncontrollable bleeding in the area
  • The area continues to ooze or bleed after 24 hours
  • Your tongue, chin, or lip feels numb 3-4 hours or more after the surgery
  • The extraction site becomes very painful