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No matter your age, a tooth extraction at some point may be necessary to prevent further discomfort within your mouth. Oftentimes, the tooth can be easily removed with minimal damage to the gums, and healing time is almost none at all. Regardless of healing time, it’s always important to follow these basic safety tips for healing:

– If swelling occurs, apply ice packs.
– To avoid choking, wait until the anesthetic wears off before eating.
– Follow the strict diet as given by your dentist.
– Rest heavily, and try to avoid exercise
– Stop smoking, or give it up at least 48 hours before and after surgery.
– If necessary, take any pain medications or antibiotics prescribed by your dentist, exactly as instructed.
– Follow your dentist’s advice and instructions.

Follow these steps, and you will be on the road to recovery.

Consult your dentist if you experience:
– Heavy pain that lasts three to four days post-surgery
– Ongoing bleeding that won’t stop
– An increase in swelling
– An ongoing fever that won’t go away

For more helpful tips, or to discuss your own plans to get a healthier mouth, please call Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. at 920.739.9612 to talk to a member of our team. Call us today, or stop by our office in Appleton, Wisconsin, and we will help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you soon!