What to Do for a Knocked Out Tooth
Infection after a dental procedure is rare, especially when you follow proper steps for preventing infection. After your procedure, your dentist will provide you with specific post-operative instructions based on the type of treatment you received. Your oral health is dependent on how well you follow these directions. Some general tips for avoiding infection include:
Manage bleeding with gauze
You may experience some bleeding after a dental operation. Elevating your head and biting gently on damp gauze can help your body form a clot and speed the healing process.
Take all prescribed medications
Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics, painkillers, or another type of medication. It is important to take them exactly as prescribed and not stop prematurely.
Get plenty of rest
In general, patients should rest and avoid strenuous physical activity for a couple of days after surgery.
Care for your sutures
Depending on the type of procedure you receive, you may have sutures placed and require a second trip to the dentist to remove them. Avoid chewing on your sutures or eating popcorn or foods with small seeds, as these can become lodged in the sutures.
Avoid smoking or the use of other tobacco products
Tobacco inhibits your body’s natural healing process and can cause a painful condition known as dry socket. Until the surgical area has completely healed, avoid smoking or using chewing tobacco.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene
Unless your dentist tells you otherwise, you should gently brush and floss following your surgery. In some cases, your dentist may recommend using a salt water rinse to dislodge any food particles and help your surgical site heal properly.
Some swelling and minor bleeding is normal after a dental procedure. However, if these conditions persist, you should contact your dentist.