How To Heal After Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction Lubbock, TX

A dentist may recommend a tooth extraction for many reasons. Abscessed, impacted, and badly broken teeth are often extracted in consideration of the patient's overall dental health. When there is rampant decay present, the patient may have teeth removed and dentures placed. Whatever the reason for having a tooth pulled, it is important that the patient knows how to heal after the procedure.

5 things to avoid after a tooth extraction

One of the main concerns after getting a tooth extraction is developing a dry socket. This is a painful condition that is caused when a blood clot does not form properly in or is dislodged from the empty socket. To avoid this or other types of infection, there are some things that patients should avoid for a minimum of 72 hours.

1. Smoking

Smoking is harmful to oral health at any time, but it is especially so after an extraction. Drawing in on a cigarette can cause a blood clot to be expelled from the socket. This can lead to a dry socket and more trips to the dental office. The harmful ingredients in cigarettes can also make one more prone to infection and inefficient healing.

2. Carbonated beverages

Sodas and other carbonated beverages should be avoided after an extraction. The bubbles in these drinks can dislodge a blood clot from the socket or prevent a clot from forming correctly. The patient should instead choose water, clear juices, or milk. Hot drinks like cocoa and coffee can also disrupt a clot, so it is wise to avoid those for a few days.

3. Drinking through a straw

If one typically drinks out of a straw, it is advised to put them aside for three days after the procedure. The sucking motion can disrupt healing in the extraction site. After three days, though, the socket should be healed enough that this activity can be resumed.

4. Spitting

Patients often have questions about routine oral hygiene habits after a tooth extraction. It is important to clean the teeth so that cavities and gum disease do not exacerbate. The patient should brush like normal but should not forcefully spit out the toothpaste. They should also refrain from using any type of mouthwash during the recovery process.

5. Excessive activity

It is advised to rest for a day or two after an extraction if possible. This is especially true if the patient has been prescribed any medications that would impair driving or working. Keeping the head elevated and getting enough nutrition is essential. Though some beverages should be avoided, it is important that one stays hydrated during recovery.


Getting a tooth extracted does not have to be a daunting experience when you know what to expect. It is important that the patient always asks the dentist for post-procedure directions, and be sure that there is a number available to call if any problems do arise.

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