I had my tooth pulled; what should I do, what should I not do?

Recommendations for patients who have had tooth extraction!

1- After the shooting, do not remove the tampon that is placed on the extraction site and that you want to bite before one hour. The task of this buffer; It is to ensure that the blood that fills the space where the tooth comes out cannot flow from here, and clots by filling the space. The clot that fills this shooting space will both prevent anything from getting into the wound and inflaming it, and will also help the wound to heal.

With the tampon in your mouth; Do not play with the tampon, do not move the tampon, do not spit, do not talk. All these movements both cause the continuation of bleeding and increase the possibility of saliva leakage into the shooting cavity. Since there are plenty of microbes in the saliva, the wound can become inflamed and healing is delayed.

One hour after the extraction, when you remove the tampon from the extraction site, do not put another tampon or cotton in its place due to the fear of bleeding. Because these tampons we use are sterile (ie completely free from germs). Although you think that the tampon you will put in is clean, since we cannot see the microbes with the naked eye, you may become infected and inflame the wound.

The numbness of your mouth continues for about 2-3 more hours. Don’t worry about why it took so long, it will pass.

After the numbness of your mouth passes, you will not have a toothache. But because a wound has formed in your mouth, the wound will ache. If you don’t want to put up with it, you can take a painkiller that does not cause any side effects and is approved by your doctor.

After the numbness of your mouth is gone, you can eat something with the other side of your mouth (non-extracted side), provided it is soft and warm.

Until a few days after shooting; Avoid eating cold, hot and hard foods, as well as washing your head with extremely hot or cold water. Cold and heat delay wound healing, and hard foods both irritate the wound and increase the risk of bleeding.

From shooting to the first 24 hours; Strongly sneezing, coughing, excessive lip-cheek movements (such as talking too much), sucking on the wound, playing with the wound with your tongue, and especially spitting frequently are behaviors that should not be done, as they may initiate bleeding. In addition, after 24 hours, doing these and playing with the wound (especially with your finger) both delay healing and increase the risk of inflammation of the wound.

Especially after the shots in the upper jaw, in the first 24 hours, with mouth movements and the effect of gravity, small pieces of clot that fall into your mouth from the wound in your mouth may melt in your saliva and dye your saliva red or pink. This may give you the impression of bleeding and worry you. In dentistry, what we mean by bleeding is blood flowing from the wound, and in general, this does not happen much if the patient has followed the warnings and has no other ailments. But if you encounter such bleeding, you should consult your doctor, and you should not try to do something yourself.

Resting after tooth extraction is the right behavior. Fatigue can increase the risk of bleeding. If you are going to sleep for the purpose of resting (even after tooth extractions in the evening or at night), you should lie in a slightly sitting position with your back well supported by pillows, not completely straight. The benefit of this is to prevent blood from blocking the airway in case of possible bleeding during sleep.

Smoking after tooth extraction is not the right behavior. As cigarette smoke is drawn in, negative pressure builds up in your mouth. This can increase or initiate bleeding. In addition, the heat of cigarette smoke will have a negative effect on wound healing, as it is more than you expect. Of course, we should not forget the harmful effects of many chemicals in cigarette smoke.

If the extraction site becomes inflamed, 2 days after the extraction, a very strong pain begins at the extraction site. You can think of it as if that tooth has not been extracted. Then what needs to be done is to call your doctor immediately and go. Interventions that you will make on your own will definitely not be the solution and will increase the dimensions of the event.

If your doctor has not recommended it, it is not the right behavior to use antibiotics by your own decision after the shooting. But if your doctor has recommended it, there must be a reason and it should be used as you were told, otherwise it will not work.

The most important thing to remember is that tooth extraction is not a simple intervention. Tooth extraction process; It is a deep, open wound in the skull and bone, larger than you might imagine. Like other wounds opened on our body, it is not a wound that can be closed by suturing and cut off from the external environment. Especially considering that your mouth is constantly in contact with microbes entering from the outside and that you have to eat, talk and breathe when you have a wound in your mouth, I think it is clear that we need to be very careful. Therefore, you should be as careful as possible and follow your doctor’s recommendations.