No matter the reason, the prospect of having a tooth extracted can be overwhelming for anyone. Not only are losing a part of yourself that you thought you would have for a long time but in some cases, you may feel ashamed that extraction is necessary.
You Deserve A Day Off!
When the day of your procedure comes, you should plan to take the day off to pamper and look after yourself. First, there are specific steps you need to take to protect the extraction site and promote faster healing. Of course, your mouth will also be numb for several hours, and if you took a sedative before your procedure, you need to rest safely and comfortably at home until it wears off.
Your dentist will provide you with a printed list of post-procedure instructions that will include
- Keep firm pressure on the gauze pad for one to two hours
- Rinse your mouth three times a day with salt water
- Avoid brushing the extraction site for 72 hours
- Apply a cold pack on your face for 20-minute intervals
- Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw
- Plan to eat soft foods on the day of your procedure
Best Soft Foods
After your extraction, your only goal should be to keep yourself comfortable. Stock up on videos, plan your binge-watching, or just take that nice long nap you desperately need!
It’s also best to stock up on appropriate foods beforehand because the last thing you are going to want to do after your procedure is hit the grocery store! Here are several soft foods you might want to have on hand:
- Ice cream
- Jell-O or pudding
- Mashed potatoes
Having a tooth removed is a big deal, so don’t be afraid to pamper yourself and blow your diet for a day!
Please Call Us for A Consultation
If you are facing extraction, it’s good to know that you are in the hands of a kind and friendly dental team like those at Oak Family Dental who puts your needs first. We have performed hundreds of comfortable, stress-free dental extractions for patients in Metairie, so please call us and learn how we can help you.