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Tooth Extractions

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Having a tooth taken out is a surgical procedure. People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place. You can expect some mild discomfort even after simple extractions. General pain relief medication will reduce the pain, we recommend panadol or nurofen. Do not take Aspirin as it is a blood thinner and may cause the socket to start bleeding.  Your dentist may prescribe stronger pain relief medication or antibiotics, depending on the difficulty of the extraction. Most pain will disappear after a couple of days.

Here are a few tips to help minimize your discomfort and speedy recovery:

  • You can put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Typically, they are left on for 20 minutes at a time and removed for 20 minutes.
  • Eat soft and cool foods for a few days.
  • A gentle rinse with warm salt water, started 12 hours after the surgery, can help to keep the area clean. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Most swelling and bleeding ends within a day or two after the surgery. Complete healing takes at least two weeks.
  • You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon if:

  • The swelling gets worse, instead of better.
  • You have fever, chills or redness.
  • You have trouble swallowing.
  • You have uncontrolled bleeding in the area.
  • The area continues to ooze or bleed after the first 24 hours.
  • Your tongue, chin or lip feels numb more than 3 to 4 hours after the procedure.
  • The extraction site becomes very painful — This may be a sign that you have developed a dry socket.

Please do not hesitate to contact the team at Doucas Dental on (08) 9274 1657 if you are having any problems, or just have a question we are more than happy to help out with any concerns.

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