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Instructions on Tooth Extraction Aftercare
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Instructions on Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Doing tooth extraction aftercare is very important because proper aftercare can reduce the potential for developing postoperative infection and complication. 24 hours after the surgery, you will need to take basic aftercare. It includes keeping the surgical site clean, favoring the wound to prevent from trauma, irrigating the socket if necessary, and getting the stitches removed in a proper way in case your oral surgeon places non-absorbable stitches. The basic aftercare is aimed to help promote healing. Below, the basic aftercare is explained in detail one by one.

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Aftercare Instructions for Wisdom Teeth Removal

As mentioned previously, favoring the wound is a way to minimize traumatization that may occur on the extraction area. This area is prone to get traumatized because of a number of reasons. For instance, the extraction site contains new tissue with many fragile blood vessels that can easily get bleeding. Therefore doing some activities can interfere with the healing process. Eating is one of those activities. Choose soft foods for your diet. Avoid crunchy or had foods as they can irritate your wound. Although the choice of food that you can consume is limited, you should keep maintaining proper nutrition. Eating nutritious food and drink enough water can promote rapid healing. What about cleaning your teeth? Cleaning teeth aggressively belongs to activities that can traumatize wound as it can scrap the wound. Keeping the teeth clean is important but it is recommended not to do it at least 48 hours after surgical extractions. After two days, you can brush and floss your teeth but just not do it vigorously.

The second instruction on basic aftercare is to keep the surgical area clean. You can do it by rinsing the area 4 to 5 times a day. Do it gently after eating and having a snack, and before going to bed. Gentle rinsing for several days can help cleaning the extraction area without disrupting the blood clot. Salt water is known to be an effective solution to rinse the mouth. Alternatively, you can use lukewarm tap water. Commercial mouth rinse is considered harsh that can irritate the tissue and gum so it’s not recommended to be used.

Deeper and larger wound needs extraction site irrigation. Rinsing does not work effectively for such wound because it’s difficult to remove food, bacteria, and other debris that are accumulated in a large wound. Therefore irrigation is necessary. The irrigation can only be done based on your dentist’s instructions. Usually, it is done several days after the extraction. It is done for one to two weeks.

Another basic aftercare is to have the stitches removed properly. There are two types of stitches; absorbable and non-absorbable stitches. Currently, the absorbable ones are more commonly used. The stitches can dissolve on their own so removal is not necessary. If your oral surgeon place non-absorbable stitches, they need to be removed.  Don’t be afraid when your stitches are removed as it is not painless and does not require much time to have it remove. Most non-absorbable stitches are removed about a week after they’re placed.

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