Do you have a tooth ache that is keeping you awake at night? Has your orthodontist recommended that you need teeth removed to create space? At Doucas Dental we provide both extractions under local anaesthetic in our rooms as well as general anaesthetic in a private hospital.
Caring for your mouth following an extraction:
- Following your extraction you can expect some mild discomfort and we recommend general pain relief medication to reduce the pain, we recommend Panadol or Nurofen however if you are on other medication it is best to check with your GP prior to taking anything.
- Place ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Typically, they are left on for 20 minutes at a time and removed for 20 minutes.
- Do not take Aspirin as it is a blood thinner and may cause the socket to start bleeding
- 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 and lead to 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 with any concerns you may have.