Cartoon poster of soft foods being shown to a patient with a recent tooth extraction.

What You Can Expect After a Dental Extraction

May 20, 2021 12:04 am

Have a dental extraction coming up? While the recovery for an extraction is typically pretty smooth, there are some things you should know before you head in for the operation. In this post, we’ll let you know what to expect after a dental extraction.

Be Ready to Rest

Our experienced team will do our best to make the procedure as smooth as painless as possible. The most noticeable side effect after your procedure will most likely be a feeling of fatigue. You’ll also have a little pain and tenderness in the area of the extraction. Especially with something like a wisdom tooth removal, you’ll want to be prepared to take a day or two off work. Or plan your extraction for a Friday. Give your body a chance to rest and recover after the fact!

Food Restrictions

After you’ve just had a tooth pulled, you can’t exactly dive into whatever food you’d like. You want to heal properly and quickly! So, pay attention to what you’re consuming. Initially, stick to soft foods and liquids, like soups and smoothies. You’ll want to avoid solid foods until any numbness wears off, so as not to accidentally damage your teeth, mouth, or tongue. Ease back into a normal diet as you heal over the coming days. Be sure to avoid straws and cigarettes until you are completely healed, or you could risk causing some inconvenient and painful issues like dry socket.

Pain Management

You can expect to experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure. Depending on your procedure and outcome, we’ll either prescribe or recommend a painkiller for you to use in the short-term. We also recommend having an ice pack ready to use when you get home.

Extractions & Much More in Aurora, CO

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