Tips for Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums Following an Extraction

Tooth extraction procedures are some of the most common types of oral surgery conducted in the US every year, with millions of people having teeth removed by the steady hands of experts like our providers at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology.

There are various reasons teeth may need to be extracted – sometimes wisdom teeth have to be removed before they wreak havoc on a smile, other times teeth become too decayed or damaged and have to be removed, and sometimes dental trauma has been inflicted and the only way to restore your oral health is to remove the teeth that have been impacted most.

The process for tooth extraction is pretty simple and straightforward, but you have to make sure that you’re doing everything you can after your procedure to speed up your road to recovery.

Here are some tips to help you do exactly that!


Rest is mission-critical following a tooth extraction. The odds are good you’ll feel a little bit groggy coming out of your tooth extraction procedure at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, but it’s important to continue resting as much as you can for the first week or so to let your body heal as much as it can.

Pain Management 

You’re likely going to be provided with a prescription for pain medications to get you through the first couple of days following your procedure at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology. After the prescription runs out, you’ll need to rely on rest, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain management options.

Smart Cleaning

The first few days following your surgery you will want to leave your toothbrush and your floss alone. After 72 hours or so, you may start gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water – and for five days following your tooth extraction. About a week after your procedure, you can start to gently brush your teeth while avoiding the extraction site.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Directions

Above all else, you need to make sure that you are following the directions for your post-op recovery as explained to you by the experts at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology. This information is going to speed up your recovery significantly while helping you avoid pain and serious setbacks.

For more information about everything you need to know about the extraction recovery process, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology at your earliest convenience.



Can I eat solid foods after an extraction?

You are going to want to avoid solid foods for at least a week or so after your tooth extraction procedure. Choose soft, cooler foods – smoothies, yogurt, cold soups, etc. – to give your mouth every opportunity to heal completely before you start throwing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods into the mix.

What do I do if my teeth are bleeding?

Some bleeding is to be expected for the first couple of days after your tooth extraction procedure has been completed. If you’re noticing excessive bleeding that won’t stop or if you’re noticing bleeding three to five days after your extraction – even though you’ve been following your postoperative directions to the letter – you’ll want to contact your dental experts ASAP to troubleshoot the issue for you.

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