Indiana dentist describes post tooth extraction care
A tooth extraction may be needed for impacted or damaged teeth, or to prepare the smile for orthodontic work. Dr. Matthew Church helps patients in Indianapolis, Indiana in understanding the benefits of extraction. However, it is important for patients to closely follow post-care instructions that are given after the removal of a tooth.
Post-care for tooth extraction
The removal of one or more teeth can be an unpleasant thought, but Dr. Matthew Church offers his patients proper anesthetics and sedation for optimum comfort throughout. Patients have their teeth extracted with either simple or surgical extraction. Impacted teeth require the dentist to cut into the gums to remove the tooth, while simple extractions are performed for teeth that are above the gum line and can be easily accessed. Because of these two methods of removal, post-operative care may be different for each.
Standard protocols for post-operative care
- Prevent dry socket, caused by the loss of blood clot, by avoiding straws, sucking, spitting, and smoking for two to three days following the procedure.
- Manage pain with appropriate medication as needed. Non-steroid and anti-inflammatory medications are beneficial, even before the procedure with a doctor’s approval.
- Address swelling with the use of ice packs on the face, used 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
- Bite down gently on gauze to control bleeding which can occur for several hours after the operation.
- Consider softer foods until the area is healed, such as pudding, soup, yogurt, and applesauce.
Visit with Dr. Matthew Church today to discuss tooth extraction
Following tooth extraction, Indianapolis, Indiana area patients should be careful to follow the post-care instructions they are given before they leave the practice. They are provided to help patients avoid infection and lost clots. Call (317) 333-6788 today to make an appointment at 10935 East Washington Street.