What Can I Expect After a Tooth Extraction?
As is the case with any surgical procedure, it can take time and proper post-op care to recover from a tooth extraction. If you are struggling with post-procedure questions or concerns, our caring Lake Worth team is here as a resource to help in whatever way we can..
Below are the answers to some commonly-asked questions from patients who have had teeth extracted by our Palms Dental Care office:
Will There Be Pain After My Extraction?
It is normal to experience mild to moderate pain, soreness, and tenderness after you have had a tooth extracted. The length of time this soreness can last varies from patient to patient, but the symptoms usually begin to decrease and taper off after a few days. In most cases, over-the-counter NSAID medications such as Ibuprofen are sufficient to manage the discomfort.
Can I Eat Normally After My Extraction?
Patients are very strongly encouraged to maintain a liquid diet for approximately the first 24 hours following the extraction. “Safe” foods include soup and smoothies. For several days following the procedure, soft foods such as bread and mashed potatoes are recommended. Beginning on approximately day four, patients are advised to use their discretion and only chew as comfortable. Most of our patients are back to eating their standard diets within approximately one week.
Should I Continue to Brush and Floss After My Extraction?
The extraction site will be sore and tender for several days. Patients are encouraged to brush and floss as normal but to avoid direct, forceful brushing around the extraction site until it is sufficiently healed.
If you have recently had a tooth extracted and are struggling with the recovery process, do not hesitate to call our Lake Worth, FL dental office at (561) 801-1044 or to make an additional follow-up appointment today.