Once the anesthetic wears off, you’ll likely experience swelling, tenderness and some pain around the site of the extraction. While this discomfort can usually be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, your dentist may prescribe something stronger if necessary. Don’t take aspirin or other blood thinners, as these can prevent clotting, promote bleeding and delay your recovery.
To relieve discomfort and minimize swelling, you can apply ice packs to the outside of your cheek for the first few days after your surgery. Additionally, it’s crucial that you don’t irritate the extraction site until it heals.
Among other things, you should avoid:
- Eating hard or sticky food
- Forcefully brushing your teeth
- Vigorously rinsing your mouth
- Smoking or vaping
- Drinking through a straw
- Touching the affected area
It’s important that you don’t dislodge the blood clot from the extraction site, as this can cause the painful condition known as dry socket.
Be sure to contact your dentist right away if the swelling worsens after a few days or you have trouble swallowing or breathing. You should also reach out if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or any signs of an infection.
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