Following a tooth extraction, it’s important to avoid chewing until all anesthesia has worn off. For the first day, we recommend soft foods, including:
- Mashed bananas
- Mashed potatoes
- Pureed foods
When the anesthesia wears off, we encourage you to chew on the opposite side from the extraction for the first few days as well. And for the first 24 to 48 hours, we suggest not smoking, vaping, sucking, spitting, or drinking through a straw. If you need to rinse your mouth, it is better to let the water fall into the basin instead of spitting. Following these tips keeps the clot in place. Dislodging can slow healing and lead to a painful condition called dry socket that requires emergency dental treatment in Royal Oak.
Remember, following aftercare instructions is crucial to a fast recovery after tooth extraction.
Your dentist may provide more specific or customized instructions based on your unique situation.
And if you’ve lost the tooth due to decay or trauma, ask your dentist about tooth replacement options to restore your smile after healing.
Contact Your Royal Oak, MI Dentist for More Information
If you have further questions about extractions and aftercare, reach out to our dental team today.
We offer quality dentistry in all locations, including Clawson, Farmington Hills, Southfield, and Troy, MI.