How should I care for myself following my extraction?
Proper self-care following an extraction will help avoid complications and allow for faster healing. The length of your healing period will depend on the complexity of your extraction as well as your current state of health.
Dr. Narra will provide you with a complete list of self-care directions, but some of the basics you’ll want to prepare for include:
- For the first day, it will be helpful to have a friend or family member who can assist you since you might feel groggy from the medication.
- Stock your fridge and pantry with soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, ice cream, applesauce, and cool soups.
- Don’t drink through a straw. The pull it creates can dislodge the blood clot that is necessary for healing. When you dislodge the clot, you increase your chances of developing a painful condition known as “dry socket.”
- Don’t smoke. The pulling action of smoking can also lead to dry socket, and smoking increases your healing time and also your risk of developing an infection.
- Don’t rinse the first day, but on the second day, you can use a salt water rinse to disinfect and reduce discomfort.
- If Dr. Narra has prescribed medications, make sure to take these exactly as directed.
If you have any questions or concerns following your extraction, don’t hesitate to call our office!
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