Tooth extraction is a dental procedure involving the removal of one or more teeth due to damage or decay. There are two types of extractions:
Most extractions are simple. Surgical extraction is necessary if a tooth is broken or stubborn and will not come out.
Immediately following tooth extraction, it's important to leave the gauze over the site for at least 30 minutes. This will allow time for the clot to form. Also, avoid eating or drinking anything until the anesthesia has worn off.
For the first 24 hours, it's best to stick to a liquid diet because you may have some swelling and tenderness. Foods that are safe to consume during this time include:
Avoid anything that is too hot/cold, as this could cause discomfort. Also, avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours, as this could cause the clot to dislodge. This could result in dry socket and delayed recovery.
After 24 hours, depending on how you are feeling, you should be able to transition to a soft food diet. These foods are soft and easy to chew/swallow. A soft food diet includes the following:
By day 8 following tooth extraction, you should be able to begin to transition back to your normal diet. However, only you know your body. If you are still having discomfort, stick with soft foods for as long as you need to.
If you are having significant discomfort, bleeding, and/or swelling, schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible. You may be experiencing complications that need to be addressed professionally.
Immediately after your tooth is extracted, the healing process gets started. The dentist will have you bite down on a piece of gauze, which will reduce bleeding and help with clot formation.
Certain foods can disturb the site and prevent the formation of the clot or cause the clot to come out, which can cause "dry socket" and/or infection, as well as delay recovery. By sticking to a liquid/soft food, healthy diet, you improve your recovery experience.
As you recover from tooth extraction or other dental procedure, it's important to include both proteins and healthy fats. You should consider including the following proteins:
In order to ensure a quick, smooth recovery, it's important to avoid certain foods that could cause irritation and potentially infection. These foods include:
There are several factors that impact the healing time following tooth extraction. First of all, the location of the tooth and the type of extraction make a difference. It takes longer to recover from a surgical extraction than from a simple one.
Aftercare habits also make a difference in healing. It's important to practice proper aftercare including keeping the extraction site clean and making sure to avoid foods/beverages that could cause complications.
One thing that people often forget about is the post-extraction recovery diet. Many people immediately go back to their normal diet and end up with complications including dry socket, severe swelling, delayed healing, and infection.
However, proper aftercare can help reduce your risk of developing these and other complications. Proper aftercare includes:
Tooth extraction is a last resort treatment, only recommended when other treatments are either not an option or have failed. The good news is, proper aftercare- including diet- can ensure that you have a smooth recovery. If you have complications, it's important to contact the clinic right away to determine the cause.
Dr. Arkadi Razoumovitch, DDS provides cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Razoumovich received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Washington. He has had extensive post-graduate training, including residency training at the University of California Los Angeles, and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Razoumovich makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles