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Your smile is one of your greatest assets, so it is important you continually care for it, especially in great times of need before and after procedures such as a tooth extraction. Taking care of your smile after a tooth extraction includes planning in advance what methods and treatment plan you should follow.

With the help of your dentist, you can craft a detailed plan custom fit to your needs. This includes following a diet, exact usage of any doctor’s prescriptions and medications, and general routine habits. Get plenty sleep and rest, and don’t do any strenuous methods of exercise. The more work and exhaustion you put on your mind and body, the fewer resources your body can use to dedicate to your oral health recovery time.

Swelling may occur in the area around the extraction after the tooth has been detached. If excessive swelling begins to appear, use an ice pack on the affected area.

Wait until the anesthetic has dissipated before eating solid food, as it could present a choking hazard. If you smoke, quit immediately, or at least stop using it for the 48-hour period both before and after surgery.

If any irregularities arise during your recovery, consult your dentist immediately by calling us at 818-766-5246 or visiting our office in Toluca Lake, California. For more information, or to book an appointment to come see Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner, call us soon. We look forward to helping you improve with a smile!