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At Crabapple Dental, we work hard to provide the highest level of care while you are here in our office. However, we realize that certain dental procedures will require recovery and care at home. To ensure our patients understand what to expect and are equipped with ways to expedite their dental healing, we provide the post-operative instructions for tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal, which are very common procedures for teens and adults.

What to Expect After Tooth Extraction/Wisdom Teeth Removal

Any time a tooth is extracted or removed, there will be an incision site within the gums that needs to heal properly. Most importantly, the blood needs to clot so that your body’s natural healing process can take place. As you leave the office from your extraction procedure, you’ll likely be biting down on a gauze pad to control bleeding, and you should continue to do this for the next 45 minutes or until the bleeding has stopped. Once the blood clot has formed, it is critical that you leave the site alone. In order to prevent disrupting the blood clot after an extraction, avoid rinsing, brushing, flossing and using a straw. Smoking and drinking alcohol should also be avoided. Rigorous activity should be limited for at least the first 24 hours.

Minor pain and swelling is normal after tooth removal. Over-the-counter ibuprofen can be used as needed, as well as an ice pack on the face to reduce swelling and discomfort. If you were given antibiotics after your procedure, please make every effort to follow the instructions in taking them, as this helps to fight oral infection.

Your diet on the day of your extraction surgery should consist of plenty of liquids and soft foods. As your comfort allows, you may introduce normal foods. While you need to avoid brushing and flossing on the day of your procedure, don’t neglect proper oral hygiene in the subsequent days. You’ll need to be gentle around the extraction site, but a clean mouth will facilitate faster and more comfortable healing.

When to Call Us

If you have had dental surgery, either an extraction, dental implants or other procedure, it is important that you know what is normal and what is not. If you experience a fever, excessive bleeding, abnormal swelling or unmanageable pain, please call us promptly. We never want our patients to be in question when it comes to their post-operative recovery, as this is an important phase of your dental treatment plan and can largely affect the overall outcome of your procedure.

Have more questions about your post-operative recovery after tooth removal? Call us at Crabapple Dental.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123