Dr. Patrick Morrissey will provide you with instructions to help you recover following your tooth extraction procedure in Lake Oswego, Oregon. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with our dentist, contact Boones Ferry Dental today at 503-699-6699.

Tooth-Extractions Post-Op CareĀ 

After you have a tooth extracted you can expect an initial healing period of one to two weeks. You will experience some swelling and discomfort during the first 48 hours following your procedure. We recommend that you:

  • Avoid chewing until the anesthetic wears off
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce and manage swelling
  • Do not touch the extraction site with your tongue or fingers
  • Do not drink through a straw
  • Avoid vigorous swishing and spitting
  • Try to avoid blowing your nose or sneezing violently
  • Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products for several days following your procedure
  • Relax as much as possible – avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours and keep your head elevated
  • Maintain a soft diet for 48 hours

Extracting Multiple Teeth

While removing one or two teeth from your mouth is a fairly simple procedure, removing multiple teeth will require additional treatments to shape your jawbone and prepare it to receive implants or a denture. Our dentist will discuss your options with you beforehand to help you make an informed decision about your care.

After having multiple teeth extracted, you will experience the maximum possible swelling in your mouth, and possibly around your eye, within two days. The area around your mouth may also become discolored, and this can be alleviated with the use of a warm compress.

You may also find that:

  • The muscles near the extraction site become sore and cause a sore throat
  • The corners of your mouth become dry and cracked

This is normal, and you should recover quickly.

You will have a follow-up appointment scheduled with our dentist within 48 hours following your extractions to discuss any post-surgery symptoms you are experiencing and to check on your healing process at that point.

If you have any questions, please contact our office and speak with a member of our team.