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When a tooth has experienced severe damage or decay, we may do everything we can to save the tooth. Sometimes, however, the damage is too much and to protect your health the tooth needs to be extracted. Today, let’s look at what you can expect after your tooth extraction is done.

It can be crucial to keep the immediate area, around the extraction, clean to help prevent infection. For at least 24 hours, you shouldn’t smoke, clean the teeth neighboring the extraction site or rinse your mouth vigorously. You should also avoid using straws or you could develop a dry socket.

If you are feeling discomfort, you can take over the counter medications like ibuprofen, and ice may be used to help reduce any swelling. Once the swelling has been reduced, you could use warm compresses to help alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing.

For the first few days, you can eat soft, cool foods. Our dentist, Dr. Timothy Harbin, may have some suggestions for you on what you can eat. After that, you can try some other foods when you feel comfortable with it, but you don’t want to aggravate your extraction site.

To get more information about a tooth extraction in Gaylord, Michigan, please schedule a consultation with Otsego Dental Group at (989) 448‑2664. Our friendly team would be happy to help look after your dental health.