Dental Extraction:
Post-Surgery Instructions

A dental extraction can be a nerve-wracking time. If you’ve never had a tooth extracted before, you may be wondering about how it works. Dr. Sonny Kim will answer all your questions in a relaxed environment, and help you to prepare for post-surgical recovery.

Home Care After Dental Extraction

Part of good home care after dental extraction involves taking it easy on the extraction site. Try to avoid using straws and eating spicy foods or foods high in citrus content. It’s also a good idea to limit physical activity, since it can raise blood pressure and stress the site.

It may be necessary to apply some firm pressure to the area for several hours after the extraction. Ice packs can help to reduce any swelling. Keep the head elevated to avoid excessive blood flow to the site.

Dr. Kim may recommend rinsing with warm salt water for several days after the surgery.

Side Effects

Some swelling after dental extraction is to be expected. The site may also bleed or “ooze.” Generally, patients will have numbness for a while as the anesthesia wears off. The sutures that are placed in the mouth will ultimately dissolve in several days.

In the first few days after the procedure, it’s normal to have some pain and discomfort. However, patients who feel like recovery is not proceeding steadily can seek medical follow-up to make sure that the site is healing correctly.

Diet After Dental Extraction

Basically, after a dental extraction, patients will want to limit extremely hot or cold foods, as well as spicy foods or stringent foods such as those mentioned above that might be sour with lemon or other strongly flavored ingredients.

For extra comfort, stick to relatively soft foods and avoid sticky or gooey foods that can get stuck close to the site. Dr. Kim and other qualified medical professionals will also recommend not smoking directly after one of these procedures.

Medications

For a tooth extraction, doctors may prescribe antibiotics or pain medications. Take these exactly as prescribed, and ask a doctor if you experience any side effects that may be signs of a drug interaction or allergy.

Every patient is different, and Dr. Kim will consult with you prior to your tooth extraction about any questions or concerns you may have. Advanced Family Dentistry will create a customized recovery plan for you based on your health history, existing medications and other factors. With Dr. Kim’s office, you can go into one of these procedures with confidence, knowing that you’re in good hands.

Overwhelmingly positive experience

I have been a patient at Dr. Kim’s practice since 2015 and have had an overwhelmingly positive experience to date. Dr. Kim and the staff are courteous, genuine, and professional. After having neglected my teeth for a few years, Dr. Kim provided several fillings and two crowns on my teeth. During the procedure Dr. Kim took numerous photos and extensive documentation. Dr. Kim explained multiple times that this was necessary when insurance companies decided to deny claims. A few months later, as dental providers do, my claim was denied as unnecessary, and they suggested that I should have first attempted a filling. While I am not a dentist, the tooth appeared barely intact after the plaque removal, and I am quite certain that Dr. Kim made the right choice. Helen, one of Dr. Kim’s staff members called me when my claim was denied and informed me that they were challenging the insurance companies decision with additional documentation and a write up. Additionally, I was assured over voicemail that under no circumstance would I pay anything more than I already had paid in the office (which was the amount I would have paid assuming my insurance gave coverage). After 3 or 4 repeated submissions by my provider, the insurance eventually caved and paid the bill. All of this based on two factors: the thoroughness of Dr. Kim’s documentation, and the insistence of Dr. Kim and his staff (Helen in particular) that my insurance provider pay their dues instead of myself. Additionally, at my last visit I mentioned I was getting married in the near future to Helen. She informed me that the practice provides a complimentary teeth bleaching to one of the parties! In summary it is hard to differentiate one dental practice from another, because quite frankly, teeth are teeth and we all want them to just work, it is easy to differentiate good people from predatory people. In a time where dental insurance providers seem quite predatory (at quite a penalty to the wallet!), I am glad to have a strong advocate in my dental provider. Dr. Kim and his practice are good people. I think good people deserve some degree of a shout out and that is why I am writing this review on my Friday night!

Jesse A., McLean, VA