Some patients need to have one or even multiple teeth extracted to deal with a wide range of dental health issues. An untreated cavity or severe dental trauma are two of the more common reasons for tooth extraction. However, patients suffering from severe periodontal disease sometimes need to have multiple teeth extracted in preparation for a partial or complete denture.
After the extraction procedure our doctor will provide you with any required prescriptions for pain medication or a possible course of antibiotics. They will need to be taken as directed at the stated times and dosages to help you remain comfortable throughout the recovery process or to deal with any lingering infection concerns.
We will further help you understand any specific aftercare instruction that might pertain to the characteristics of your mouth.
It’s perfectly natural for the sutures at the extraction site to occasionally bleed a little for a few days after the procedure. When this happens you can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze. After the bleeding has come under control you can then lightly rinse your mouth with a little lukewarm saltwater to clear away any stray blood.
If possible, you should try to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth for a few days after the extraction. At the same time you might might also help to stick to a diet of softer foods as this will reduce the strain on your jaw muscles and other oral tissues.
Drinking through a straw should be avoided while your gums are healing. The suction could pull a blood clot loose or irritate the gum tissues in the treatment area.
If you have recently had a tooth extraction procedure at Dr. Michael Taylor’s clinic in Boone, North Carolina, and you have any aftercare and recovery questions, you can always call 828-264-3333 to speak to a member of staff at Blue Ridge Dentistry.