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What to Do After a Tooth Extraction

December 2, 2021

It may feel uncomfortable after having a tooth removed. However, there are certain things you can do to make the after-effects of tooth extraction in Marco Island less unbearable. This article will teach you just that to provide a positive experience following the procedure.  

Dentist carefully preparing for a Tooth Extraction in Marco Island

Caring for Your Mouth Afterwards


Manage the Bleeding

Yes, you read it right. You will see and taste blood when you undergo a tooth extraction. To control the bleeding, firmly bite on the gauze placed by your dentist. This action makes the blood clot in the tooth socket. Alternately, you may also bite on a regular tea bag because the tea's tannic acid helps form a blood clot.    

Reduce Pain

Your dentist will prescribe you pain medications as you would normally experience pain after the effects of the anesthesia subside. Remember to take them as scheduled to prevent this from happening.  

Minimize Swelling

Apply cold compress on the extraction site. To do this, you can improvise an ice pack by putting ice inside a plastic bag and covering it with a hand towel. Place the ice pack to your cheek for 10 minutes, and remove it for five minutes. Repeat this process as needed.  

Some dentists also advise you to eat ice cream after the extraction. It acts as a cold compress mechanism and helps narrow down blood vessels around the extracted tooth to avoid constriction.    

Get Enough Rest

Get enough rest for at least after 24 hours of the tooth extraction. Refrain from engaging in strenuous activities or carrying heavy objects.  

Dentist preparing  a patient for a Tooth Extraction in Marco Island

Do You Need to Undergo Tooth Extraction in Marco Island?  

If you have a damaged tooth you need to remove, consider giving us a call at Island Paradise Dental to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff will be glad to assist you.

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