Tips for Taking Care of Your Smile After You Have Had an Extraction

Woman brushing teeth in mirror - Dental Extraction Alameda, CAEvery year, millions of people in the United States have to go through a tooth extraction procedure.

Sometimes teeth have to be extracted because they have become decayed, sometimes they have to be extracted because they are damaged beyond repair, but sometimes they simply have to be extracted because your wisdom teeth are poking through and wreaking havoc on your smile.

As one of the most commonplace oral surgery procedures performed annually, you’ll obviously want to have the experts here at California Oral and Facial Surgery handle this process – but you’ll also want them to clue you in on how to best take care of your smile following the procedure, too.

Here are some tips and tricks you’ll want to keep in your back pocket if you’ve had a tooth extraction performed.

Listen to the Experts

This definitely sounds like common sense, but you’d be shocked at the amount of people that do not follow the postoperative care recommended to them by the experts here at California Oral and Facial Surgery to the letter – only to later discover that their recovery process isn’t going as smoothly as they had expected.

Really pay attention to the postoperative recovery process explained to you by your maxillofacial surgeon, make sure that you reread the details and documents provided to you following the surgery, and stick to the letter of the law these procedures outlined to speed up your recovery significantly.

Sleep as Much as Possible

Your body is going to recover fastest when it is given opportunity to sleep and to rest, which is why for the first four or five days following a tooth extraction procedure you’ll want to get as much sleep as humanly possible.

The first 24 hours following your extraction are going to be the easiest time of all to get in extra sleep. You’re going to wake up groggy, you’re going to have pain meds, and the odds are good that your generally going to feel pretty wiped out.

Over the next few days, however, you’ll need to make a conscious effort to get as much sleep as possible. Every professional here at California Oral and Facial Surgery recommends that you sleep as much as you can over the first week to get your tooth extraction recovery jumpstarted the right way.

Abstain from Exercise

While it might be tempting to want to put yourself through a couple of intense workouts to take your mind off of the aches and pains of a tooth extraction, or to generally get yourself wiped out so that you sleep better each night, the last thing you want to do is get a lot of blood pumping through your body – especially at the tooth extraction site.

Take it easy, rest stop, and try to stay out of the weight room and off the treadmill for the first 7 to 10 days following your surgery. This’ll allow your body to naturally recover and you won’t have to worry about popping any blood clots or causing other postoperative issues.

For more tips and tricks about how to recover faster from a tooth extraction, or to schedule an initial consultation and appointment with the experts here at California Oral and Facial Surgery, contact us today.

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