Getting a tooth extraction soon? Do you have concerns about the procedure? Perhaps you’re wondering about simple things — like how long it will be before you can have a soda? The answer to this question will make the most sense if you understand the factors surrounding the healing process following a tooth extraction. In this post you’ll find vital information about what to expect after the procedure, including the most common question of all:
What About Post-Extraction Pain?
Let’s just be honest, you should be prepared for some discomfort after the procedure. While the extraction itself may seem like the main event, the days immediately following are possibly even more important. Knowing what’s coming will help you adjust and be patient through the full healing process. This informative article has details:
You can expect some bleeding for up to 24 hours after your extraction, and you mustn’t do anything to disturb the blood clot that forms in the socket where your tooth used to be.
For most people, the pain tends to decrease after the third day. After about a week to ten days, granulation tissue forms, which protects the extraction site until bone can form there. You’ll likely have a follow-up appointment after two weeks for your dental professional to assess your healing and to ensure you’re on your way to a successful recovery.
If you’re having a wisdom tooth extracted, the healing time may take longer. Read more at Colgate…
Understanding and feeling confident about your treatment and recovery will help prepare your mind and body for the healing process. That’s why you want to work with a top-notch oral care provider that is willing to give you as much info as you need before the procedure.
Soda After Extraction
No one wants to be sick forever. Moreover, most people expect a quick recovery following a tooth extraction. So how soon after the procedure can you safely enjoy a soda? When would it be safe for you to go back to consuming your favorite beverages?
Mouth Care: No rinsing or smoking for 24 hours following extraction. Brush and floss normally, trying to avoid the surgical area. You may begin warm salt water rinses 24 hours after extraction-mix one teaspoon salt to one glass of warm water. Do not swish, gently move your head back and forth allowing the salt water to clean the site.Do not spit. The corners of your mouth may become dry or cracked-apply Vaseline or chapstick to the area.
Diet: It is important to maintain good nutrition and proper fluid intake following extraction. Eat a lukewarm, soft diet for 48 hours. Do not drink through a straw or drink carbonated beverages (soda or alcohol, to include mouth rinses containing alcohol) for 48 hours. Read more at Dahlquist Dental…
You’ll need to take a break from soda and other beverages following the procedure. You should especially be careful about soda. Why? The carbonation bubbles in it could dislodge the blood clot needed to heal the tooth extraction site. In fact, if you can wait for the full six weeks it normally takes for the wound to heal completely, that’s even better.
Common Complications After Extraction
Apart from the normal pain that results from the extraction, some patients experience other complications. With normal healing, the pain should gradually subside, so anything else may be a cause for concern. For instance, you may be dealing with a dry socket, as explained in the following post:
Following a tooth extraction, an empty socket will usually heal on its own, while any pain from the procedure will gradually improve.
In contrast, with a dry socket, the pain will improve and then suddenly get worse, which could be more painful than the extraction procedure.
The pain of a dry socket may throb and radiate across a large area of the jaw or up towards the ear…
What causes dry socket?
After a tooth extraction, the body creates inflammation. This causes mild swelling around the affected area. Platelets in the blood clump together to form a clot, which protects the wound by sealing it.
If this clot disintegrates, becomes dislodged, or does not form, the empty tooth socket is unprotected. This increases the risk of intense pain due to the exposed nerves in the socket. Read more at Medical News Today…
Again, if the pain subsides in the days following the extraction, there is nothing to worry about. However, if you notice that it is not improving, you will need to see your dentist for appropriate care.
As soon as your gum heals, you can return to enjoying your favorite soft drinks and other beverages. A little patience will go a long way in ensuring the best results and least recovery time.
If you need a tooth extraction, look no further than Campbell Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Dr. William Campbell will provide you with an outstanding patient experience. Contact us today to discuss your needs or set an appointment. Reach us by phone at 706-324-6106 or use the contact form on our website and we’ll get back with you.