Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Home Care After an Extraction

After having a tooth extracted, it is important to know how to care for the area to allow proper healing. Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD of Bethlehem, PA puts his patients’ health and safety on top of the priority list. If you are having a tooth extracted soon, prepare yourself with these guidelines.

After a tooth extraction, you will want to avoid promoting bleeding. The bleeding must stop for the area to heal. It is recommended to relax for the rest of the day following the extraction and any strenuous activity should be avoided until healing has progressed. Sleep with your head propped up by a pillow, in order to not increase blood flow to the head. In addition, when drinking, do not use a straw as this could un-clot the blood and cause more bleeding.

Soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and pudding should be eaten until healing progresses. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Also, refrain from smoking and using other tobacco products as this could slow down healing and also lead to infection.  

To reduce pain and swelling, take medications as directed by Dr. Ruyak. An ice pack to the side of the face or a warm salt water rinse may help, as well. Also, be sure to keep up a good oral care routine. You want to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Be very careful brushing around the area of extraction.

More patient resources are available on our website to help our patients keep optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD, call our office at (610) 861-01777 or visit our website,

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