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I've had my tooth out, what should i do now?

Dont wory if a decayed or loose tooth falls out. Be calm. Visit your dentist for replacement of new teeth. Your dentist will check for healing and guide you for further treatment needs.

Why do teeth need to be extracted?

Our first priority is to save teeth, as it is usually important to the patient's long-term dental and general health to maintain the teeth. Extraction is an option when a damaged or decayed tooth cannot be restored, or when extensive treatment would be necessary to try to save the tooth, but the patient chooses not to proceed with necessary treatment.

What happens after a tooth is extracted?

The patient will be told what to expect after treatment and what to do in case of emergency. Possible complications are unusual, but will be explained, and are also included on the consent form. A recall appointment may be necessary a few days after extraction to check the healing site. Further appointments will be made to begin the process of replacement of teeth.

What precautions should i take?

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.

Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 48 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Gentle rinsing with warm salty water (1/2 tsp. salt with 1 cup water) may begin 24 hours after your extraction, rinsing should be done 3-4 times per day. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24-48 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 72 hours.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. It is imperative to keep your mouth clean, since an accumulation of plaque, food, or debris may promote infection.

Is there anything else I should avoid?

Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal but avoid chewing on that area of your mouth.

What should i do if bleeding is there?

After a tooth extraction, your dentist may place a gauze pack on the extraction site to limit bleeding and confine the blood while clotting takes place. This gauze pack should be left in place for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the dentist's office. There may be some bleeding or oozing after the pack is removed. If so, Fold a piece of clean gauze into a pad thick enough to bite on. Dampen the pad with clean, warm water and place it directly on the extraction site. Apply moderate pressure by closing the teeth firmly over the pad. Maintain this pressure for about 30 minutes. If the pad becomes soaked with blood, replace it with a clean one as necessary.Do not suck on the extraction site or disturb it with your tongue.A slight amount of blood may leak from the extraction site until a clot forms. However, if heavy bleeding continues, call your dentist.

Are there any medicines I should avoid?

As we have said, it is important not to use anything containing aspirin as this can cause further bleeding. This happens because aspirin can thin the blood slightly. Asthma sufferers should avoid Ibuprofen-based pain relief. Again check with your chemist or dentist if you are worried or feel you need something stronger.

Will my dentist need to see me again?

If it has been a particularly difficult extraction, the dentist will give you a follow-up appointment. This could be to remove any stitches that were needed, or simply to check the area is healing well.

when Should i rinse my mouth?

No rinsing of any kind should be performed on the day of extraction. The day after surgery you should start rinsing with mouthwash four times a day. Make sure to keep it in the mouth(without heavy swishing) and allow that to stay in and around the surgical site for 30 seconds. Follow with a rinse of warm water (about a cup) mixed with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Again allow the rinse to stay in for 30 seconds and let that go gently. Do these two rinses back to back 4 times a day,( after breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed) each day for one week or until seen post-operatively by the doctor.

why should I not rinse my mouth?

Do not be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours as It is important to allow the socket to heal, and you must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.

When Should i brush my teeth?

No brushing should be performed on the day of extraction. you can brush your teeth on the following day but avoid getting close to the site of surgery.

What should i do if i am in pain?

There will always be some degree of pain after a tooth extraction. If the pain continues, grows, changes or you just fear that something is not right then immediately call your dentist and explain him what is happening. It is best for everyone than have someone sit worried and in pain at home.

I am still in pain, what could it be?

Sometimes an infection can get in the socket, which can be very painful. This is where there is little or no blood clot in the tooth socket and the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This is called a dry socket and in some cases is worse than the original toothache! In this case, it is important to see your dentist, who may place a dressing in the socket and prescribe a course of antibiotics to help relieve the infection.

Usually, the wound site takes about 6 weeks to heal. During that time, bone is generated to fill the space and the soft tissue grows to fill the gum line. Any replacement for the missing teeth except an immediate denture must wait until the extraction site has healed.

What kind of restorations might replace missing teeth?

There are many options for replacement of teeth such as bridges,dentures and implants.