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The recovery process is extremely important when it comes to dental treatment, especially tooth extraction. So, if you’ve had a tooth extracted, the next best thing you can do is properly recover by using the following tips provided by your dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas:

-Keep the pain and swelling down by taking the pain medication your dentist prescribed to you and by icing outside the extraction area. Make sure to ice the area every 10 minutes.

-Help the site heal by biting gently on a gauze pad. This will help reduce the bleeding and it will also allow a blood clot to form. Please remember to replace the pad with a new one before it gets soaked with blood or after you’ve used it for three to four hours.

-Relax for the first day or so and limit your activity. As you rest, please prop your head up with pillows. Lying flat will only prolong the bleeding.

-Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours, drinking from a straw, and smoking.

-Eat soft foods the day after the extraction and gradually return to a normal diet as the extraction site heals.

-Keep your mouth clean by continuing to brush and floss your teeth. Make sure you avoid brushing the extraction site so you can prevent infection.

If you do these things, you will have the strong and successful oral health you deserve and you won’t need to worry about experiencing unnecessary pain or dry socket. For more information and details about tooth extraction in Fairfax, Virginia, or to talk to our Virginia Dental Group team about any concerns, please call our office at 703-385-3800 at your earliest convenience. We are more than happy to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!