Quince Orchard Dental Specialists
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES
In order to ensure the safety of our patients, our team and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are adapting the way that we provide orthodontic treatment - WE HAVE VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE!
Frequently Asked Questions > What to expect after an extraction?
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:
- If painkillers are needed they will be prescribed by Dr. Rouhanian
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass 8 fl oz of warm water.
- Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
- Avoid smoking.
- 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 rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. Dr. Rouhanian will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.