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For many of us, the best part of surgeries and treatments is when they’re over! With tooth extraction, you’ll take a few days healing as the blood clot in your mouth seals. We’ll give you more detailed instructions on recovery after your procedure, but here are some things you can expect us to say.

-You can probably expect discomfort following an extraction. Take the dosage of painkillers that Drs. Plantz, Bartok, and Heifer suggest, and continue to perform so for three days. The discomfort you experience will vary depending on how tricky getting rid of your tooth was.

-Because the mouth is not dry, incisions in the mouth tend to take more time to heal than cuts on skin, which scabs more easily. Following your tooth extraction, we’ll ask that you clamp your teeth down on a bit of gauze for about thirty minutes. Pressure on the bone socket will help the blood clot, and you can expect to see a tiny quantity of bleeding for about a day or so. Don’t jab the clot or disturb it, but watch cautiously and let us know right away if it reopens.

-Utilize ice packs on your face and cheeks. Ice pack use can be cycled in 20-minute increments. Once the swelling diminishes, use warm rags or heating packs for relief.

-Ah, the best part: enjoy soft foods that don’t require chewing. Anything rough may rupture the blood clot, so consider this a treat for enhancing your oral health.

If you have a tooth or that hasn’t erupted or teeth that haven’t erupted past your gum line or if you need to have a tooth extracted, please call Complete Dental Care at 866-471-4028 now to set up an appointment with our dentists in Martins Ferry, Ohio.