After a tooth extraction, it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice on self-care. Your dentist will also advise you on tooth replacement options sooner.

Key takeaways:

  • Make sure you have soft foods such as fish, soup, yogurts and oatmeal for the days following an extraction.
  • Avoid eating immediately after the extraction and until the anaesthetic wears off.
  • Don’t drink anything hot or use straws after the procedure.
  • Fever, severe pain, nausea and vomiting are signs you may have an infection following an extraction.

"Bone preservation is when your dentist ensures the tooth socket remains intact to save space for a tooth restoration, such as a dental implant, following the extraction."

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