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There are many simple steps you can take for healing after a tooth extraction. If your teeth are broken or damaged beyond repair, you may be in need of a tooth extraction. If you do decide to get a tooth extraction, it’s important to take the necessary steps to heal yourself afterward.

After a tooth extraction, it is important to follow our surgeon’s advice and instructions. Each individual patient and each individual tooth are different, so your recovery should be suited to each individual’s needs. Our experienced team will make sure to customize a plan that is right for you.

As with most recovery plans, it is important to get plenty of rest. Try to avoid exercise and strenuous labor if possible. If swelling in your face or mouth should occur, use appropriate ice packs to lessen the swelling. If applicable, take any pain medications or antibiotics that may have been prescribed to you. Be sure to take exactly as instructed.  If any complications arise, be sure to contact our team immediately.

Do not eat before the anesthetic wears off. If you are not in full control or feeling in your mouth, choking becomes a very serious risk. Additionally, follow any diets laid forth by our surgeon.

If you are a smoker, quit immediately to avoid complications it may bring.  If you are unable to quit or wish not to, give it up for at least 2 full days both before and after your extraction surgery.

Tooth extraction recovery can be a relatively simple process if you take the necessary steps to allow yourself time to recover. To learn more, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Dale Gallagher, call us at 512-258-1636 or visit our office in Austin, Texas. We will have you smiling again in no time!