Care to be taken after extraction/what to eat after extraction of wisdom tooth

Care to be taken after extraction/what to eat after extraction of wisdom tooth

  • Hold the cotton pack given in your mouth for at least a hour
  • After an hour if you still see blood oozing from the wound put another sterilized pack in place and hold for another hour
  • To sterilize pack at home, boil cotton in water, remove the cotton out & squeeze the excess water, then bite on it at extraction site
  • Once cotton pack is removed continue with medication as advised
  • No spitting, rinsing ,gargling, brushing teeth for next 24 hours
  • Ice pack can be applied to extraction site externally but do not touch it from the inside
  • After extraction follow a diet consisting of cold, soft, semisolid/liquid diet for a few days
  • Avoid crunchy / hard/warm or spicy food for at least a week
  • You may find it difficult to open mouth after extraction of teeth, especially lower wisdom teeth. There may be swelling/tenderness. The medication will take care of this
  • If you have stopped anti-coagulants prior to tooth removal you need to restart it as per instructions given by dentist
  • After the first 24 hours have passed you need to maintain oral hygiene by rinsing with warm water and salt or mouthwash after every meal. You can brush your teeth after 24 hours of tooth removal, taking care not to cause injury at extraction site
  • If sutures have been put you need to come back in 7 days to remove them
  • If ever you notice undue amount of bleeding post extraction please contact the dentist.


 Dental bridge or implant? What is the best option?

  • A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth by taking support from adjacent teeth in the same region.
  • A dental bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be involved in the process which may be healthy otherwise. In such cases , an implant is preferred.
  • An implant is a dental prosthesis made of titanium, which is implanted into the jaw bone, at the site of tooth loss.
  • The dental implant in contrast to the bridge takes support from the bone and not the adjacent teeth and thus is preferred choice of replacement.
  • In patients who suffer from gum disease /chronic smokers/uncontrolled diabetics etc, implants are not preferred.
  • In long span missing teeth, a bridge can be made by taking support of implants- this is known as implant supported bridge.
  • Life span of a bridge is anywhere between 5-15 years, that of an implant is longer.
  • As the bridge needs to be replaced every 15 years, it is a recurring expenditure. In case of implants, if there are no complications it’s a one time expense.

In conclusion, every case of missing tooth needs to be assessed and best option chosen accordingly. It is in any case imperative to replace missing tooth/teeth to maintain the harmony of occlusion and prevent teeth and temporomandibular joint issues.

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