Instructions Following Tooth Extraction
- Mild swelling in the area of extraction is normal. Using an ice pack intermittently can help reduce swelling.
- Mild-moderate pain can be expected. If prescribed medications, please take as directed. For mild pain, please take over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol as directed.
- Stay away from anything too hot or too spicy.
- Do NOT use straws for 7-9 days.
- Refrain from spitting, when brushing teeth tilt head to the side and let toothpaste spill out.
- Avoid foods that get easily stuck in between teeth, as food particles may get stuck in the extraction socket. Examples of foods to avoid include rice, seeds, nuts, popcorn, and other similar foods.
- Stay on a soft food diet for 4-5 days immediately following extraction.
- Your diet should include
foods that are easily swallowed.
- Good examples include warm mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, warm soups and pastas, etc.
- After 4-5 days, slowly ease back to a normal diet, however, please continue to avoid small grainy foods like rice.
- Drink plenty of fluids, and do NOT use a straw
As always, our goal is to provide the very highest quality dental care and at the same time make you feel as comfortable as possible. We realize you have chosen us to take care of your trust is never taken lightly. If there is anything we can do to make your dental treatment more comfortable, please do not hesitate to let us know.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office (505) 828-2020