Following a tooth extraction, some patients may experience discomfort. Tooth extraction pain can be mild or more severe depending on the type of extraction that has been performed. Surgical extractions are likely to cause more discomfort than a simple extraction but this is not always the case. We have compiled a few tips to help you manage these symptoms until the area heals.
Tips For Managing Tooth Extraction Pain
- Over the counter or specifically prescribed painkillers can help to reduce the pain and discomfort following a tooth extraction.
- Ice packs can be used on the face to help numb the area and reduce swelling. Ensure that the ice is wrapped in a cloth as placing ice directly onto the skin can cause further damage. Alternate your ice pack, hold it on the area for around twenty minutes and then have the same length break. Repeat as necessary.
- Avoid smoking, do not spit, and do not use straws until the area is healed. These actions can actually cause the clotted blood at the extraction site to loosen or fall out.
- About a day (twenty-four hours) after the extraction you can gently rinse with warm salty water. Fill up a cup with warm water and add about half a teaspoon of salt, then mix. Be careful not to swallow any of the solution and do not rinse too hard.
- Be careful what you eat until the area is healed. It is advisable to stick to softer and cooler foods until this time.
If you think you may need a tooth extraction or any other type of general dental care you can call us on 0203 750 5302. The clinic also offers emergency appointments for patients (new or existing) that are suffering from an urgent issue. In addition to this, stunning cosmetic dentistry treatments are available to help improve the look of teeth and skin. We look forward to assisting you with all your dental needs.
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