There are other steps you can take to make sure your recovery goes smoothly:
- Rest for at least 24 hours after the extraction.
- Leave the gauze your dentist placed in your mouth for a few hours to allow the blood clot to form. Then you can change it as often as needed.
- Place an ice bag near the surgical area to reduce swelling.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously so you don't dislodge your clot.
- Don't use straws for 24 hours and avoid spitting.
- Don't smoke or use any tobacco products for at least three days following the procedure.
- Eat nutritious, soft foods to promote healing.
If you have any concerning symptoms after your procedure, such as vomiting, severe pain, or heavy bleeding, call your dentist as soon as possible.
Learn more about tooth extraction healing time.
It's best to avoid drinking alcohol after a tooth extraction, as tempting as it may be. Take care of yourself, and you'll heal up before you know it. By following these steps, as well as the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist, you'll be on your way to a fully healed and healthy mouth you can smile about. We'll "cheers" to that.