What Should I Expect After Surgery?
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:
- If prescribed by Dr. Roksar take painkillers and or antibiotics
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1tsp (5g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8fl oz] of warm water
- If you have stitches, avoid rubbing the area with your tongue
- Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding
- Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses
- Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows
- Avoid really hot liquids (tea, coffee, or soup) for 24 hours after your extraction. Luke warm is okay
- Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue
Why is the extraction done anyway?
Removing a tooth is necessary when decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection. Removing the tooth can help keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth.
What Risks should I be aware of?
Some dental work can cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. People who have a difficult time fighting off infections may need to take antibiotics before and after dental surgery. Such people include those who have artificial heart valves or were born with heart defects.
If I am planning to replace the missing tooth what should I do?
Dr. Roksar will discuss all your options before your extraction. The most common treatment after an extraction is the placement of a bone graft and then placement of an implant. Sometimes all these procedures can be done on the same day.
How much pain should I expect?
Dr. Roksar will remove the unhealthy tooth as painless as possible. During the procedure one should no feel any pain. The most common thing patient experience is pressure. Some patients will be slightly sore for one to two days.