A tooth extraction may be necessary if your tooth is severely damaged, or you cannot afford alternative measures such as a root canal. An extraction will remove the source of infection at once. However, you may develop a dry socket if you do not take care of the extraction site afterward. Dry socket is a condition in which you lose the blood clot and expose your bone.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking Through a Straw
The act of pulling on a straw or puffing on a cigarette can dislodge the blood clot that has formed to protect your mouth. You must avoid those activities at all costs to avoid getting a dry socket. Do not smoke or use a straw at all for at least 48 hours after you get your tooth extracted.
Brush Teeth Lightly
You must brush your teeth to keep your dental hygiene. However, you should not brush harshly. Make sure that you go around the area of the extraction and be very gentle when you’re in that area, as well. You may rinse with salt water, but you should also avoid swishing because it may dislodge the blood clot.
Eat Soft Foods
Talk to your Dentist in Itasca about the foods you should eat after you have your tooth extracted. You’ll want to stick with soft foods for at least a week after you get your tooth extracted just in case. Your Dentist in Itasca will give you a set of instructions that you should adhere to if he or she must extract your tooth.
Contact Brian Homann, DDS, P.C. for more information on tooth extractions and dry socket.