After a tooth extraction (removal) has been done by one of our dental health experts at Atrium Family Dental, your New Lenox dentist, it is essential to take correct care of the site to avoid infection, control bleeding and allow the gum tissue to heal well enough that it can easily accept a denture or dental implant.
Here’s what to do after you’ve experienced a tooth extraction or a wisdom tooth extraction for a happy, healthy smile:
1. You might experience tenderness after a tooth extraction – over-the-counter painkillers can easily help you with the discomfort or you might ask your New Lenox dentist for prescription painkillers if you find the discomfort to be too much.
2. Cold compresses can help keep the pain and swelling down after a tooth extraction but be sure not to overdo it.
3. It’s very important that you do not touch the extraction site, chew around the location or smoke at all. We suggest that you consume a great deal of fluids so that the site can remain moist.