What Should You Do Immediately After Tooth Extraction?

sick asian woman suffering from toothacheIf you have a severely damaged tooth, it may require permanent extraction. Knowing what to expect from your appointment is the best way to reduce any fear or dental anxiety you may have about your upcoming procedure. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell also recommend understanding what to do immediately after tooth extraction to reduce your risk of complications, such as infection or extended bleeding.

What Can I Expect After a Tooth Extraction?

The aftercare recommendations after a tooth extraction depends greatly on whether you had a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. After a simple extraction, you can expect to have some swelling, pain, and possible bruising. You may also be instructed by our dental team at McDowell Dental Group to rinse your mouth out with warm salt water several times a day and take any medications prescribed by our team. Keep the area where the tooth was extracted clean, so gently brush there but avoid flossing or using any straws for at least 24 hours after your extraction.

After a surgical extraction, the aftercare instructions are more extensive since this type of extraction is typically more complex than a simple extraction. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell may instruct you to follow similar guidelines as above, but likely with additional instructions such as resting completely for 24 hours, using ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort, not smoking in the first two days after surgery, and eating soft foods while avoiding drinking through straws. Aftercare following surgical extraction is often extended to approximately one to two weeks before returning to your normal routine and your favorite foods!

What Should I Do Immediately After Tooth Extraction?

Before you even have your procedure done, it is vital that you discuss your end goals with our dental team at McDowell Dental Group of Abington, PA. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell recommend that you talk to them about tooth replacement options, which may include dentures, bridges, or dental implants. Replacing missing teeth is important for proper functionality and oral health, as well as maintaining the beauty of the natural smile.

How Do I Learn More About Dental Extractions?

If you reside in the area of Abington, PA, call McDowell Dental Group at 215-885-0555 to request an appointment with our providers. We can evaluate your smile and make recommendations regarding the best course of action to achieve your dream smile!

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team