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While it’s unfortunate, there are times when a total dental extraction is called for to treat a tooth suffering from severe decay or damage. Quality aftercare is critical for minimizing your chances of suffering complications while recovering from treatment-based extraction.

To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Kimberly Simonds offers this basic information to aid in a successful recovery.

If possible, you should stick to a soft-foods diet or try to avoid chewing in that area of your mouth. Staying hydrated is important so long as you avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blood clots loose from the incisions. Hot and cold beverages could also cause shock or pain in the incision site, so it’s best to stick to tepid or lukewarm fluids.

Your gums might bleed for a few days at the incision site. You can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a little rolled-up sterile gauze. Once it has stopped, you can wash away any lingering blood with a lukewarm saltwater rinse.

Tobacco use poses a significant threat to healing gum tissues. The general irritation can increase recovery time and could potentially invite infection. If you do use tobacco products on a regular basis, this might be a good opportunity to try a cessation program. Just try to choose one that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum. These can also irritate the gums.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted in Ballwin, Missouri, and you have recovery questions or concerns, you can always call 636.552.9647 to speak to a member of the staff at Ballwin Dental Care.