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After a tooth has sustained severe damage or decay, we may do what we can to save the tooth. At times, however, the damage may be too great and the tooth must be removed to protect your health. Today, we would like to explain what you can expect after a tooth has been extracted.

In order to help prevent an infection, it may be critical for you to keep the immediate area around the extraction clean. At least for the first 24 hours afterwards, you shouldn’t clean the teeth next to the extraction site, rinse your mouth vigorously or smoke. Additionally, you shouldn’t use straws or you could risk developing a dry socket.

If you experience discomfort, over the counter medications like ibuprofen might help alleviate it and ice can help to reduce swelling. when the swelling has been reduced, you may use warm compresses to help alleviate the discomfort.

As far as eating goes, for the first couple of days you should eat soft, cool foods. Dr. Jeremy D. Hatch might suggest some that you can eat. After the first few days, you could try other foods if you feel comfortable with it, but keep in mind that you don’t want to aggravate your extraction site.

If you have questions or concerns about tooth extractions in Hurricane, Utah, please schedule an appointment with Mountain View Dental at 435-635-9471. We would be happy to address your questions and concerns about your dental health.