Ibuprofen and ice packs for extractions

What should happen after Cranford Dental removes a broken or infected tooth? How should you feel? How should you take care of your mouth?

We want you to know exactly what to expect after your tooth extraction at our Rock Hill Dental office.

Help with tooth extraction questions

Will my mouth or teeth hurt? 

You will have some soreness in the area where the tooth was removed. You may also notice tenderness in the jaw.

  • Ibuprofen (every 4 – 6 hours) is the best medicine for combatting dental pain.
  • Use Cranford Dental ice pack— 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.
  • Your dentist will give you a prescription for pain medication if needed.

Will I bleed?

There will be minimal bleeding after a tooth is removed.

  • Apply firm biting pressure with a piece of gauze for 20  minutes. Change out gauze as needed until bleeding slows.
  • Your dentist will make sure your bleeding is under control before you leave the office.
  • Dentist may place sutures  to help with bleeding.

What can I eat?

It is important that you remain hydrated and nourished after an extraction.

  • Eat soft foods for 2 – 3 days.
  • Avoid sharp foods like chips and popcorn.
  • Swish with warm salt water after meals to keep the socket clean.

When should I call Cranford Dental?

Contact Cranford Dental if you experience these problems in the days after your extraction.

  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Sudden, intense pain that doesn’t improve with medication
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Fever and malaise

When can I go back to school or work?

This varies with the patient and with the type of extraction.  With a simple extraction you should be able to return to work the same day.  Even with the removal of wisdom teeth some patients can go to work or school the day following the procedure.

Sometimes the recovery from the anesthesia takes longer than the recovery from the dental procedure.  You may want to discuss having your extraction done with the least amount of sedation possible.

Rest and follow the instructions given by your dentist after your extraction. You will have a more pleasant experience and will heal faster. 

Contact Cranford Dental at 803-324-7670 or email our office if you have any concerns after you leave our office.  We want you to be comfortable with your treatment.

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