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If a tooth has had severe damage or decay, we may do what we can to save the it. However, sometimes the damage is too great and, to protect your health, the tooth needs to be removed. Today, we want to let you know what you can expect in the first few days after your tooth extraction is done.

It could be vital to keep the immediate area, around the extraction, clean to help keep an infection from developing. For at least the first 24 hours, you should not smoke, clean the neighboring teeth or rinse your mouth vigorously. You also shouldn’t use straws or you could develop a dry socket.

If you experience discomfort, you could use over the counter medications like ibuprofen, and ice may help reduce the swelling. When the swelling has been reduced, you can use warm compresses to help alleviate the discomfort you may be feel.

For the first few days, you should eat soft, cool foods. Our dentists, Drs. Hatakeyama, Petrilli and Hatakeyama, might have some suggestions on what you can eat. After that, you can try some other foods when you feel comfortable, but you don’t want to irritate your extraction site.

To get more information, or answers to questions, about a tooth extraction in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, please schedule a consultation with Hoffman Estates Dental Professionals at 847-884-0120. Your dental health is our top priority and we look forward to helping you care for your smile.