Sometimes no matter how much you try to save a tooth, the decay is just too severe and the only option left is to extract it. This is one of the procedures you may have done at PMDC Dental. There will be recovery time needed after this is done, and it will help to know what to expect from the recovery time.
As with most recoveries after surgery, swelling will likely occur. The swelling with tooth extraction can take three days to reach its peak, though it is possible for it to take a shorter or longer amount of time than that. Placing a bag of ice wrapped in a towel on the swollen area can help reduce the severity of the swelling, though it will likely not prevent it from occurring. When using a bag of ice, it is best to place it on the swollen area for about 20 minutes every few hours. During the first 24 hours after the tooth is extracted, you may need to apply the bag more frequently, keeping it applied for 20 minutes, then taking a 20 minute break, then applying it again for another 20 minutes, and continuing this process for the rest of the day.
In terms of what you can eat, it is usually advised to avoid hard, crunchy foods for the first few days to avoid damaging the site of the extraction. Therefore, you will want to limit yourself to softer foods such as breads, yogurt, soup, and other soft foods. And even with eating soft foods, you may want to try and avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the tooth was extracted, though this can be tough to do sometimes. Still, trying may help you recover faster.
There may be bleeding during the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. Using the gauze packs you were provided can help with this. If the bleeding is persistent, it may be an indication that you are not applying the pack correctly. Try shifting the position of the gauze to place it more precisely on the area where the tooth was extracted. If the bleeding persists even after doing this, you may want to call the dentist to have it looked at.
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