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When a tooth has suffered severe damage or decay, we may do what we can to save the tooth. There are times, however, when the damage is too great and the tooth must be extracted to protect your health. Today, we would like to explain what you can expect after your tooth has been extracted.

To help prevent an infection, it may be crucial that you keep the immediate area around the extraction clean. For at least the first 24 hours afterwards, you shouldn’t clean the neighboring teeth, rinse your mouth vigorously or smoke. Additionally, you shouldn’t use straws or you could develop a dry socket.

If you have discomfort, over the counter medications like ibuprofen may help and ice could help to reduce swelling. After the swelling has gone down, you may use warm compresses to help alleviate the discomfort you may be experiencing.

As far as eating goes, for the first few days you can eat soft, cool foods. Dr. Chandu may suggest some foods that you can eat. After the first few days, you can try other foods as you feel comfortable with it, but remember that you don’t want to aggravate your extraction site.

If you have questions about tooth extractions in Carrollton, Texas, please schedule a consultation with Trinity Dental Care at 972-394-5200. We would be happy to answer your questions concerning your dental health.