How to Stop Salivating After Tooth Removal
A tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures we perform at Wells Family Dental Group. There are a number of reasons a tooth removal may be necessary and prescribed by a dentist including shifting teeth, joint problems in the jaw, too much tooth damage that can’t be repaired, and the need to create room for other teeth.
After a tooth removal, you will need to follow certain after-care instructions to ensure you heal properly. A dentist may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and Motrin to ease any pain and discomfort. They may also recommend an ice pack to reduce swelling and a warm compress to minimize swelling.
When it comes to eating and drinking, you’ll need to eat soft and cool foods for the initial few days and refrain from hot foods and alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. We recommend mashed potatoes, yogurt, applesauce, and scrambled eggs. You’ll also need to chew food away from the extraction site and avoid using a straw as it can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.
Since you’ll likely be salivating after tooth removal, it’ll also important for you to keep gauze pads in place as your dentist instructs you to do so. You’ll also need to swallow saliva instead of spitting it out to disrupt the blood clotting process. Fortunately, the salivating is only temporary and should only occur while you’re healing.
If it persists for a longer period of time, consult your dentist right away. They’ll determine whether the salivating is the result of an infection or another issue and help you find relief.
Contact Wells Family Dental Group
If you’d like more information about how to stop salivating after tooth removal, we encourage you to call our office today at 919-266-5332. We look forward to hearing from you!