Dental One Associates of College Park
1901 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100, College Park, GA 30349

How to Handle Healing from a Tooth Extraction

dca-blog_tooth-extraction-wisdom-teeth

Most people find that recovery after a tooth extraction is easier than expected and takes only about a week. For toothache relief and to make the healing process smooth and simple, take this advice for aftercare.

The First 24 Hours: What You Should Know

In the first few hours after pulling teeth, you should expect some swelling, bleeding, and pain. Slight discomfort is completely normal after a tooth extraction and will depend on the number of teeth you had pulled, the complexity of your case, and your personal tolerance for pain. Pain and problems should lessen each day as you heal. But if the pain gets worse, you may be suffering from a problematic condition called dry socket. After a tooth extraction, a blood clot will begin to form in the socket to help the area heal. If that clot gets dislodged, then dry socket can occur and cause a painful infection requiring urgent care and medication. This only occurs in a very small number of cases, but it’s important to take every precaution to ensure a speedy and safe recovery.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery

Knowing what to expect after pulling teeth can greatly ease your mind and your pain. Just follow these tips for toothache relief and you should be able to resume normal activities in about a week:

  • Take any painkillers prescribed by your dentist for toothache relief.
  • Use ice packs on your face or jaw to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm, salty water a few times each day to help reduce swelling, pain, and the risk of infection.
  • No forceful rinsing, spitting, or sucking is allowed after a tooth extraction to ensure you don’t disrupt the protective blood clot in the socket, which allows the wound to heal.
  • Consume only soft foods and liquids for the first few days, then slowly add back solid foods after that time.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth as always, but make sure not to disrupt the blood clot.
  • Follow any special instructions from your dentist.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in College Park, call Dental One Associates of College Park today at (678) 619-5697 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in College Park. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of College Park, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of College Park.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
It was my first time at College Park-Dental One Associates, I was very impressed. The facility was spacious and very clean. The staff were superb as […]
Cabrina W.
I love this place!
Lisa C.
Friendly, professional
Miriam W.
Always a pleasure..great staff.
Ron F.
Very friendly staff. Dr. Grant was absolutely awesome. I have a significant fear of the dentist but i enjoyed my experience immensely.
Jamilyne L.
Dr. Washington, as well as his assistant were great. I had a previous experience with another dentist who did not only start extracting before I was […]
Chantell S.
Dental One Associates have been making sure that my family and I SMILE for approximately 35 years! Their expertise, knowledge, dedication, […]
Linda S.
The entire staff are very friendly but Dr. Macmillan is the best dentist ever!!!
Coby S.
Dr. Grant is wonderful
Valshieka F.
Front and back office staff very friendly and professional. . I had a very good tech. Not my usual person but she was so good I asked if I could […]
Diana H.
I truly appreciate everyone for the professionalism they showed. Special thanks to Sherika for referring me to Dental One
Sunia I.
They do exceptional work here at Dental One in College Park. Everyone on staff here is knowledgable and friendly. I was nervous every time I went and […]
Lamar R.
Dental One is one of the best dental groups I have experienced.
Keisha A.
Great Customer Service . Great experience..
Christopher G.
Very sweet and caring people.
Valerie I.
Best experience I've had when having my teeth cleaned.
Barbara D.
I love this dentist office. Dr McMillon is the best. her assist Steve is outstanding....
Mary H.
The staff were very professional .
Patricia B.
was very please with my service.
Dorothy C.
Make me feel comfortable and not scared.
Faye S.
I have received very good service from Dental One. Therefore, I recommend them for dental treatment.
Trudi W.
My experience was great,the people are wonderful the service is the best.My Dentist is the best,she is kind and sweet.I love the place.
Patricia T.
My experience at Dental One was great!!! It's really good to know that people are still passionate about their careers. I received excellent customer […]
Peyton R.
Michelle and Dr. McMillon are the best!!!!!!!
Orlando E.
My visit started off wrong, but ended up being a great experience. Lanae the hygienist made my dental experience the best one ever. I would […]
Denise F.
I have to say that yesterdays' experience was the best I have ever had. I have had Root Canals done before and experience sooooooo much pain. […]
Mary H.
I have been with Dental One since they started their business on Phoenix Blvd and I have very few problems which all had been resolved.
Jean S.
I continue to be impressed with the professional and personal attention that I receive from Dental One
Tommy B.
Awesome staff and doctors.
Marc C.
Excellent experience from start to finish
Staci D.
The people were nice and the service and Information are Great
James W.
Great, they didn't keep you waiting long after the apt time.
Joy H.
The staff was great very very kind and professional,Dr.Grant is amazeing he pulls your teeth and you don't even feel any discomfort nor delays he's […]
Willie D.
Excellent staff!
Howard C.
Dr. Moore was incredible!
Rhonda P.
Service always consistent. Dr Mc Millian and Tina are the best.
Anthony S.
Dr. Sabur is great , you need more doctors like her. She's very professional , engaging with the patient and informative.
Natalie A.
They all are the Best,I was please with the service I got,the the timeing was great,and all the people,that work there are the best.
Patricia T.
The staff is nice and professional.
Fitrah J.
It was great, the service was good,my dentist is wonderful.Dental One is a place I will stay at,I love it.
Patricia T.
Surprisingly enough, the visit wasn't bad at all. Everyone at the office is very pleasant and Dr. Washington took care to make sure I wasn't in any […]
James M.
appointment didnt take so long, before i was attend to. good job. all the staff are friendly'
Edward B.
The staff at Dental One located in College Park, GA are always friendly and professional.
Pamela G.
My experience was great, Dr . McMillan made me feel completely comfortable an was very patient, the same with Dr. Jimenez. .Thanks !
Andrea D.
It was Great! Very fast and friendly service
George M.
Service was great!!!!
Rosa D.
Ms Debbie was great as usual.
Jeanine M.
Each visit is more customer friendly.
Yolanda M.
I am pleased with the appointment reminders.
Willie J.
Great Customer Service
Cavelle M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (678) 619-5697
Our Location