Do’s and Don’ts after Tooth Extraction: A Detailed Guide

Did your dentist advise you for a Tooth Extraction? If yes, then this is probably the most crucial article you could read on the internet because I will be covering the do’s and don’ts after tooth extraction in detail.

By the end of this article, you will have enough information to have a hassle-free tooth extraction, avoid all complications and go through the healing phase uneventfully. 

If you have time read it in full and bookmark it but if you are in a hurry, feel free to skim through the images inside this article to take a sneak peek.

Before Scheduling the Appointment

do's and don'ts after tooth extraction - things to take care of before scheduling your appointment
Things to take care of Before you schedule your appointment

I usually prefer to schedule tooth extractions in the first half of the day because it’s very convenient for my patients and me. 

So, if it is comfortable for you and your dentist, insist on getting a morning appointment- anything before noon.

As a dentist, I am the freshest in the morning. This means I can work with the entire focus and give the best experience to my morning patients. 

For the patient too, the morning appointments are best. Why? Because our body can manage stress in a better way during the morning hours. The same thing gets more difficult to endure if done later during the day.

If you’re someone who’s having medical issues and are on some particular medication, you need to tell that to your dentist so they can time you properly.

Here’s a summary of what to do before scheduling your appointment:

On the Day of the Tooth Extraction

do's and don'ts after tooth extraction - things to take care of on the day of tooth extraction

Make Time for yourself

If your appointment is later through the day, then make sure you don’t get involved in much work just before the meeting.

Also, reach the clinic ahead of time, so you have enough time to relax, grab some water and do some various formalities at the dental office if needed.

All this helps minimise the “routine” external stresses that keep getting thrown at us daily.

After the extraction:

  1. Keep 6-7 hours for you to rest, recover, and rejuvenate, especially if you’re getting it done for the first time.
  2. Do not schedule activities that require much work at your end.
  3. Do only the mandatory stuff, mild in nature.

Eat Right

Have a moderate-sized meal 30 mins to 1 hour before the scheduled time. Try to stick to your regular meals (avoid trying a new thing or something that’s market bought). We don’t want an upset stomach on a dental chair!

Medicate

After the extraction, take the prescribed medication as per the instructions of the dentist. 

First One hour: The Golden Hour of Recovery

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It is the most critical time after the tooth extraction. 

During this time, the dentist usually would have placed a cotton plug onto the extraction site, and typically you’re asked to maintain some pressure over it.

The pressure causes the bleeding to stop within an hour. 

Here’s what you can do DURING that ONE HOUR:

  • Don’t Speak, Eat/Drink or Spit. Communicate in writing if needed. Swallow everything that comes in your mouth.
  • Maintain the plug firmly in position for at least 1 hour
  • After 1 hour has elapsed, gently remove the plug and evaluate the wound for bleeding. A few drops of blood is still okay, but it shouldn’t be a continuous stream of blood.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or poke your tongue into the site of tooth extraction.
  • Take the first dose of your medicines along with something simple like a fruit juice or shake. Try to take things sip by sip.

Rest of the Day 1

do's and don'ts after tooth extraction - things to do on the first day of extraction

The effect of anaesthesia is likely to get lesser by this time. This is because it wears off completely in 2-4 hours.

  • Indulge in light activities only. Avoid working out for a day.
  • Keep your head slightly elevated while lying down.
  • Eat soft and straightforward foods at room temperature, e.g. Khichdi, Dalia, Oats, Dal and Rice etc. Don’t want to eat something regular? Try ice cream!
  • Avoid blowing the nose (fairly common exercise during winters), puffing your mouth, sucking on a straw or smoking.
  • Avoid consuming sticky foods and also those which require much chewing.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for today.

From Day 2 till recovery

do's and don'ts after tooth extraction - things to take care of after the first day till the complete recovery

Things get a bit more serious here. In addition to the things mentioned above, here are a few more:

  • Brush twice a day cautiously around the site of tooth extraction. Avoid poking the brush inside the wound.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm saline water every 4-6 hours for extra cleanliness. You may also slightly tilt your head while doing this so that the water gushes gently into the wound, giving it a gentle but deep cleanse.
  • Start getting back to your regular meals but ensure that they are at room temperature, not hot or cold. Semisolid foods are the best always.
  • All other instructions from Day 1 are applicable here as well.

When to raise an Alarm?

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Typically Tooth extractions are harmless procedures, and complications are very, very rare—an extreme rarity. However, for the sake of being comprehensive here, and also to ensure I highlight it enough; Here are a few signs that the situation is getting bad:

  • If on the Day 1 you remove the plug and the wound bleeds continuously (not drop by drop), you must immediately inform the dentist.
  • If you’re experiencing pain that’s unbearable even after you’ve taken your medicines, you must inform the dentist.
  • If after 1-2 days you experience any symptom that’s worsening, it could be a possible problem.
  • If you have an altered taste, or are experiencing a discharge from the site of extraction, please inform your dentist immediately.

To Conclude

Dental Extractions are relatively common these days and equally uneventful procedures usually. They are usually prescribed only when absolutely necessary.

This article was created from the point of view of managing the stress around getting a tooth removed.. If you take care of these guidelines, you will have a smooth ride during the entire process.

Hopefully, you found it valuable; Let me know in the comments below 🙂

A Word about us: 

I am Dr Vaibhav Bharadwaj, a specialist Dental Surgeon based in Jaipur. I have a full-time dental practice by the name of Care Dental Clinic and love to educate people at the time when I am not consulting patients or playing around with my kids.

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