Once a tooth is extracted it is important to fill the space left behind by the extracted tooth in order to protect the remaining teeth, and to avoid any shifting. To fill the space, you may use a dental implant or a bridge.
- Do not attempt to eat or chew for at least two hours after the extraction.
- Some discomfort after the extraction is normal. For pain relief, you may use over-the-counter pain relievers.
- During the first 24 hours following the extraction, a blood clot will form on the site. This blood clot is a key element to the healing process. To ensure the clot is not removed:
- Avoid spitting vigorously
- Avoid touching the area with your tongue and fingers
- Do not drink through a straw
- Rinse with warm salt water three times a day for one week.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Sleep with your head elevated to control bleeding.
- Place gauze over the site and change frequently as needed. If bleeding persists, bite down gently but firmly on a moist tea bag for about 20 minutes.
- Use a cold compress as directed to reduce any swelling.