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Dr. Patrick Carter

Dental Extraction Aftercare: What You Need to Know

May 27, 2022
Posted By: Hopewell Family Dentistry
woman smiling in dental chair after tooth extraction in anderson

Having a tooth extraction in Anderson, SC doesn't have to be stressful, especially when you're working with a dental team who supports you before, during, and after your procedure. At Hopewell Family Dentistry, our primary goal is to make your tooth extraction process the most comfortable. Here's what you should know about dental extraction aftercare and your tooth replacement options.

After Your Tooth Extraction Procedure

Dr. Carter and his team use advanced technology to ensure that you're comfortable throughout your extraction procedure. 3-D scans and imaging help them plan for the best outcome, while the best dental anesthetics ensure that you don't feel a thing during your procedure. In addition, patients who need a little extra help feeling relaxed can take advantage of the options for dental sedation we offer, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation delivered through medication taken before your appointment.

Immediately After Your Procedure

Keep the gauze in place to stop the bleeding and create a blood clot to protect your extraction site and aid in healing. Plan on resting for the rest of your day, and take prescribed pain medication as needed.

Stick to soft foods at room temperature right after your surgery, such as applesauce, yogurt, scrambled eggs, or soup. Avoid using a straw for beverages or smoking for at least 72 hours after your procedure to keep your blood clot intact.

The Next Few Days

Avoid strenuous physical exercise or activities for at least two days after your procedure. Although continue your brushing routine, avoid direct contact with your extraction site.

Keep eating soft foods for the next few days, avoiding hot or spicy foods. Contact your team at Hopewell Family Dentistry if you experience any concerns like persistent bleeding or loss of your blood clot.

Extractions and Tooth Replacement in Anderson, SC

If you've lost a tooth that's not a wisdom tooth, it's good to discuss tooth replacement options with Dr. Carter as soon as possible. Replacing your tooth with a dental implant or bridge will help protect neighboring teeth and your dental health. 

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