When possible, dental care providers strive to save your natural teeth. However, there are some situations in which a dental filling or crown isn’t enough. In this case, the tooth must be extracted.
Tooth extraction, also referred to as “pulling” a tooth is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from the socket. There are two types of extractions, simple or surgical. There are several reasons that Dr. Michael Ammons and the team at Ammons Dental by Design may recommend extraction, including:
Recovery following a tooth extraction varies from one patient to another, but most feel back to normal within 48 to 72 hours. There are several things you’ll want to do to ensure a smooth recovery, including:
In this article, we’ll explain more about what you should eat following tooth extraction and when you can expect to eat solid foods.
Tooth extraction is considered a simple dental procedure. However, there are several stages you can expect to go through.
During the first 24 hours, platelets and fibrin protein will form a blood clot in the empty socket. This clot will remain throughout the process but will change as healing progresses. There are several do’s and don’ts to keep in mind during this time:
On days 2 to 3, you can start gently rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater to facilitate healing. Try to avoid dislodging the clot. You may begin including soft solid foods in your diet as you feel comfortable including eggs, bananas, or fish. You will want to avoid:
After 72 hours, you may begin introducing solid foods back into your diet as you feel comfortable.
While common, many of our patients have questions related to tooth extraction. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
Immediately following a tooth extraction, whether simple or surgical, you should stick to soft foods such as fruit smoothies, yogurt, beans, milk, mashed potatoes, and other foods that are easy to chew.
You may begin to introduce soft solid foods into your diet such as eggs, bananas, and fish after the first 24 hours. After that, you may begin to introduce more solid foods into your diet as you feel comfortable. If you had a surgical extraction, you may want to wait a bit longer.
You should avoid eating spicy foods immediately following tooth extraction, as it can cause the surgical site to become inflamed and possibly infected. Ideally, you should wait about 2 weeks following extraction to eat spicy foods. If you can’t give up spicy foods, make sure to start small and don’t choose extremely spicy foods. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria.
Most dentists recommend that you avoid alcohol consumption for up to 7 days following a tooth extraction. However, you can begin introducing it back into your diet after 72 hours.
No, you should avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours following a tooth extraction, as the sucking action can cause the blood clot to become dislodged.
You should avoid smoking following tooth extraction because this action can cause the clot to become dislodged, leading to dry socket. Also, nicotine can slow down the healing process. Ideally, you should use this time to quit smoking completely- but if you must smoke, you should wait for at least 72 hours.
There are several things you can do to promote faster healing following tooth extraction:
If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted due to decay, damage, or any other reason, schedule your appointment with Dr. Ammons and the team at Ammons Dental by Design today. We have four offices to serve you: Camden, James Island, Downtown Charleston, and Summerville.
A tooth extraction is the process of having a tooth removed. This procedure may be simple or surgical. Most patients feel back to normal after about 72 hours, but it may take longer depending on the complexity of your situation. You’ll want to stick to soft foods for at least 72 hours, slowly moving from soft foods to soft solids to eventually transitioning to your normal diet.
You will be provided with specific instructions for aftercare. Make sure to follow them carefully to promote healing.
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