Tooth Extraction Recovery Tips
Recovering from a tooth extraction procedure doesn’t have to be exceptionally painful or arduous, as long as patients make sure to follow their dentists’ instructions, according to Centerpointe Dental‘s Dr. Paul Krech. A dentist who offers dental implants along with other general dentistry needs to patients in the Lakeville, MN, area, Dr. Krech explains that patients who fail to follow their dentist’s advice can expect to end up with longer and more painful recovery periods following tooth extraction.
As Dr. Krech explains, the process of having a tooth taken out will leave a patient with an exposed bone. The important thing with that exposed bone, then, is to allow it to heal from the inside out. Ideally, a clot will form in the open socket, and that clot will be what protects the exposed bone. Dr. Krech says that patients should do everything they can to prevent that clot from breaking down, since a clot that breaks down will leave the socket open and exposed.
Dr. Krech says that a patient who is recovering from a tooth extraction should make it his top priority to help keep that clot intact. A few of the common mistakes that patients make in this regard are:
- Bending over
- Sucking through a straw
- Pulling inside in the mouth
Dr. Krech says that patients should especially avoid smoking while recovering from tooth extraction, since the smoke from cigarettes will incorporate into the clot and help break it down too. Additionally, bending over a lot – while doing yoga or a similar physical activity – or sucking through a straw can also cause damage inside the mouth that will make the recovery process more extensive.
If a patient fails to follow the advice of his dentist and the clot inside his mouth breaks down, then Dr. Krech says it will become a dry socket. With a dry socket, patients no longer have the natural protection of the bone. The dentist will then have to put medicated gauze or a special dressing over it, which will recreate the healing process – but only after quite a long time.
Dr. Krech also insists that it’s important for patients to stay hydrated during the recovery process. Patients should drink plenty of fluids, since that can help speed up the healing process.
In total, the healing process for a basic tooth extraction procedure will likely last a number of weeks. Although the initial healing usually occurs fairly quickly, it may take longer for the clot to form and the bone to fully regenerate. If the clot is broken down during the healing process, then the patient may want to speak to his or her dentist to make certain that no further complications are arising.
Whether a patient is getting an extraction, having dental implants placed, or undergoing any other type of procedure, Dr. Krech says it is important to choose a qualified dentist who will offer guidance on aftercare.
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