How to take care after a tooth extraction

How to take care after a tooth extraction

Tooth extraction aftercare.

Healing properly after a tooth extraction depends on how well you stick to the routine given to you by your dentist. Maybe you got your wisdom teeth removed, maybe you got a tooth removed for a dental implant, or maybe you got several teeth extracted to start wearing braces. Now you’re asking yourself “How do I care for myself after a tooth extraction?”. Your dentist may have given you instructions on how to let your tooth wound scar over with minimal issues. However, you may still have some questions regarding the aftercare process. So, in this blog entry we will cover some frequently asked questions. The key to a successful recovery lies in taking care of clotting blood, keeping your mouth clean, and keeping the tooth socket food-free for the first few days after your extraction. Follow the next several tips to achieve a fast and healthy healing process.

Take care of the blood clot

The most important point to follow in the aftercare process is to preserve the blood clot that forms in the socket where the tooth used to be. Taking care of this blood clot can prevent any complications that can lead to serious setbacks such as infection and a dry socket. Taking care of the blood clot will also leave good tissue for a future dental implant.

Keep a soft diet after the procedure

Maintaining a soft food diet for the first week is common, especially after going through an extraction. If your dentist or orthodontist has asked you to keep a soft food diet, then this list will have foods that are acceptable. Procedures that require a soft food diet can include dental extractions, wisdom teeth extractions and other services offered at Somos Dental. This past Somos Dental post, can give you more information. Here is the list of soft foods:

  • Liquefied soups: A good way of staying hydrated after the dental procedure.
  • Broths: Like soups, broths are good to eat after a dental or orthodontic treatment. Broths are also a way to stay hydrated, which is important for proper recovery.
  • Ice cream: The cold helps with inflammation.
  • Puddings and jellies: These are low-sugar options to stay hydrated.

Keep good dental hygiene

A day after the extraction you can start brushing your teeth as usual. However, you will need to avoid the extraction area. Instead of brushing, rinsing with saline water will take care of the dental socket area’s health.

Do saline rinses


When the blood clot has formed, you will need to rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. The saline solution will kill any bacteria that can complicate the aftercare process. You can make this solution yourself. Just add a pinch of salt to a cup of warm water (not too hot!). Rinse your mouth twice a day, this will help you recover correctly, which is necessary for any future dental implants.

These aftercare tips can be followed, after a tooth extraction or any other kind of dental treatment. If you notice any changes, have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional, call us at 623-869-1091.At Somos Dental we have a great team of professionals! You can contact us by any of the means listed on this page, or by visiting our locations. We are located in the following 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback.


Is tooth extraction necessary for orthodontic treatment?

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A common question that keeps people from getting an orthodontic treatment is whether or not an extraction will be necessary in order to begin. Another relevant and frequent question is if there are any alternative procedures or other kinds of treatments that do not involve any type of extraction whatsoever. In this article, we are going to answer these questions and put to rest any doubts about the role of dental extractions in the orthodontic process.

When is tooth extraction necessary?

To the relief of most people, the answer is no. In most cases, an extraction is not necessary to start an orthodontic treatment. Even with special cases in which tooth removal is actually necessary, in most patients the procedure can be done without an extraction. This is where the dental health professional’s knowledge comes into play. An evaluation is needed, in order to know, if any kind of extraction will be required and it is their job to make sure they only perform an extraction when it is absolutely needed.

When is tooth extraction necessary?

In some cases a tooth extraction is necessary to leave other teeth room to realign with the treatment. However, there are a couple of reasons of when a tooth extraction might be needed, here is a list:

  • Extraction of back molars to give room to wisdom teeth
  • Pronounced overbite or underbite
  • When teeth are fused with bone
  • Extraction of wisdom teeth which have already erupted
  • Impacted dental pieces

If an extraction is necessary, are there other alternative treatments?

The short answer is yes, there are other kinds of orthodontic treatments that do not require an extraction. You can call us at Somos Dental in order to know the entire repertoire of options and find out what the most appropriate orthodontic treatment is for you. We have years of experience in this field and assessing patient treatment needs. The orthodontic market has been growing fast, at Somos Dental we are up to date with the newest treatments, so you have the best options all at the same place.

The decision of an extraction is part of the dental health professional’s knowledge. Our experts know that an extraction should only be taken into consideration when it is the best option for that specific case. At Somos Dental we have a team of dental health professionals who have had years of experience in orthodontic treatments and dental extractions. You can contact us through any means listed on this page or also by visiting any of our locations. We are located in 4 different areas: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Don’t wait give us a call at 623-869-1091 and schedule your appointment today!