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In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:


  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth to help relieve pain and swelling.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (240 mL)] of warm water.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to drink.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

To learn more about any of these procedures, or to schedule your consultation appointment, we invite you to Contact Us:

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When a tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be removed. Your dentist, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, can remove a tooth. 

A tooth extraction is necessary when decay or gum disease is so severe that the use of other any other treatment will not be able to cure the infection on that tooth. Once reached that point, it is important to remove the tooth, before the infection spreads to other areas of your mouth.


Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic before removing your tooth to numb the area where it will be extracted. You may need stitches to help with the healing process after an extraction. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. 

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