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Dental Surgery and Treatments to Follow

Tooth Extraction

This is a dental treatment of last resort that is often not recommended by dentists, but is occasionally necessary.


Tooth extraction is necessary in the following cases:

  • The tooth is very damaged with extensive decay, and cannot be restored
  • Tooth with root fracture
  • Impacted wisdom tooth or lack of space
  • Extraction for orthodontic treatment
  • To prevent infection or the partial or total deformation of the dentition


This is an act that is performed under local anesthesia and sometimes requires the intervention of a specialist. Our dentist will advise you and direct you at all stages.


What to Do After a Tooth Extraction

It is necessary to monitor the effects and any pain after tooth extraction. There are some things that are absolutely to be avoided to prevent excessive bleeding, inflammation or postoperative infections.


To promote healing, your dental team recommends that you follow the precautions listed below.


Please note that it is perfectly normal to feel some discomfort after dental surgery. Mild inflammation of the surrounding tissue is also likely.


Immediately After Tooth Extraction

  • Keep compresses in your mouth for an hour or two, applying firm pressure and changing them every half hour, as needed.
  • Keep your head elevated.
  • Apply a cold compress on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of cold every hour).
  • If you are bleeding, take some gauze or a moistened tea bag and bite down on it for about twenty minutes.
  • Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.
  • Limit your physical exertion and get enough rest.


To Avoid in the Days Following the Extraction

  • Do not dislodge the blood clot that forms, as it promotes healing.
  • Do not eat anything before the bleeding stops.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).
  • Do not brush your teeth near the extraction area for the first 72 hours.


Treatment for Oral Pain

If you are bothered by the pain, take pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, or the drugs that were prescribed. If you were prescribed antibiotics for this treatment, continue to take them for the indicated period of time, even if symptoms disappear.


Postoperative Diet

The day of extraction, consume only soft foods or lukewarm liquids. Resume your normal diet as soon as you are able.


From the Day After Until Full Healing

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp. salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and keep your gums healthy.
  • Do not brush the extraction area within the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).


You may find there is an unusually strong production of saliva and that your pronunciation of some of words is altered. Everything should subside within a week. Bruises can appear on the skin. They will disappear after five to seven days. It is likely that you will experience some difficulty opening your mouth. Everything should subside after four to five days. Do not hesitate to call us if after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing. After a few days you will feel better and you will be able to resume your normal activities.


Call us at 819-776-3899 immediately if you are experiencing pain, if you are bleeding profusely, if your swelling persists for 2-3 days or if you have a reaction to the drugs.

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