Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Tooth Extraction Patient Recovery: What to Expect After Surgery

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on March 02, 2018

A tooth being extractedWhether it’s done to get rid of impacted wisdom teeth, remove a tooth that's been severed damaged or fractured, or prepare a patient for another dental procedure, tooth extraction can serve an essential function in dental health and general wellness. Patients who come to our Carrollton, OH practice can benefit from a simple tooth extraction in a number of ways.

We’d like to consider the patient recovery process following a tooth extraction. This will help you understand what to expect following the dental procedure.

Will I Need to Take Time Off from Work?

This can vary from patient to patient. Some patients who undergo tooth extraction may want to take a day off from work just to make sure they can rest well and address the immediate side effects of the procedure. Other patients may not need to spend a day recovering and will be able to return to work the next day so long as it is not physically demanding. Your dentist will discuss taking time off during the consultation process.

Pain and Discomfort

Tooth extraction patients can expect to feel some amount of pain and discomfort in the first days after tooth extraction. This pain can be managed using prescription pain killers as well as over-the-counter pain relievers. Be sure to use any medications as directed, not exceeding dosage.

Bruising and Swelling

Swelling and bruising along the gums and soft tissue where the extraction was performed is also common. This should subside in a few days. Applying a cold compress to the face can help manage the bruising and swelling, and can also help ease any pain and discomfort.

Your Diet After Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, patients will want to eat soft foods or liquid foods to help avoid soreness during meals. Avoid spicy foods, crunchy foods, and foods that are of a hot or cold temperature. These kinds of food items can lead to discomfort. Patients should try to avoid chewing on the side of the mouth that’s been operated on if possible. Do not use a drinking straw while healing as the suction can cause problems with sutures and clotting in the operated area.

Oral Hygiene After Tooth Extraction

Patients should brush and floss as usual after their extraction, but they must do so gently to avoid disturbing the gum tissue as it is healing and to prevent discomfort. Your oral surgeon or dentist may recommend rinsing with warm salt water to help keep the incision sites clean and sanitary.

Attend Follow-Up Visits as Scheduled

A follow-up visit or two will be needed after tooth extraction in order to monitor your healing progress and to ensure there are no complications. Be sure to attend any follow-ups as scheduled.

Be in Touch with Your Dentist in Case of Emergencies

If you notice excessive bleeding or discomfort following your oral surgery, or any issues that could cause alarm, contact your oral surgeon immediately. Getting these matters resolved as soon as possible can help prevent major complications for occurring and put your mind at ease.

Contact Dowell Dental Group

To learn more about tooth extraction procedures and what we can do to enhance your dental health, be sure to contact Dowell Dental Group. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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