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Save your smile after a tooth extraction. Practice safe recovery methods for treatment to ensure your smile can remain healthy and free of infection. When a tooth is removed, the body will use its defenses to protect and close the wound left behind. Although it may seem minor, even the smallest of cuts can turn into major problems if we do nothing to care for them.

Always stay on track of your dentist’s advice and instructions by our team. This includes following a diet, appropriate usage of any doctor’s prescriptions and medications, and general routine habits. Get the ideal amount of sleep and rest, and don’t do any strenuous forms of exercise. The more stress and effort you put into your mind and body, the fewer resources your body can use to dedicate to your oral health recovery time.

Swelling may transpire in the area around the extraction after the tooth has been removed. If excessive swelling begins to ensue, use an ice pack on the affected area.

Wait until the anesthetic has worn off before eating solid food, as it could present a choking risk. If you smoke, stop indefinitely, or at the very least, give it up for the 48-hour period both before and after surgery.

If any irregularities arise during your recovery, consult your dentist immediately by calling us at 919-762-3239 or visiting our office in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. For more information, or to book an appointment to come see Dr. Kristen Langworthy, call us soon. We look forward to helping you recover as soon as possible!