Unfortunately there may be a time when you will have to get a tooth removed. The most common reason being wisdom teeth as well a trauma of the tooth. This can be an unpleasant experience, and we are here to make it as seamless and painless as possible.
Why would I need a Dental Extraction?
There are a variety of reasons that you may need a tooth extracted. Severe decay, periodontal disease, or impacted teeth are just a few. Preparation for orthodontic treatment is also another common reason.
Sometimes extractions are not the best alternative. Issues can arise when a tooth is removed. Examples of this are shifting teeth, chewing issues, and problems with your jaw joint. Other options can be discussed, including what replacement options are available to you.
What to Expect
At the first visit we will numb the area around your tooth, jaw and gums. There will be no pain during the procedure, but a lot of pressure will be felt as we rock the tooth back and forth in order to remove it from the socket.
Numb the area
Move and shift the tooth
Remove the tooth
Post operative instructions
Post Operative Instructions
The most important part of post-op surgery immediately after your appointment is stopping the blood and assisting in a blood clot to form. To do this you will need to bite on gauze for 30 to 45 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, repeat until the flow of blood stops. Blood clots can easily dislodge. To avoid this do not vigorously rinse, smoke, drink alcohol, suck on straws or chew on food near the site for 72 hours. It is suggested that you should avoid any strenuous activity, due to the fact that it can increase your blood pressure, causing bleeding from the extraction site.
After your appointment
Do not be alarmed if you experience some pain and swelling after your appointment. A cold compress such as frozen vegetables or an ice pack applied to the site can relieve these symptoms. Follow the instructions for the pain medications we prescribe, and notify us if the swelling does not subside after 48 hours. On certain occasions antibiotics will be required and finishing your dose is imperative, even if symptoms are no longer present.
Proper care is very important to the healing process. Drink lots of fluids and eat soft nutritious food the day of the extraction. You can go back to a normal diet when it is comfortable for you to do so. Your dental health is also extremely important at this time. Continue with your daily routine of brushing and flossing.
Do not hesitate to call our office at any time if you experience any symptoms or concerns. You should be relieved of heavy bleeding and severe pain, and swelling should subside after two or three days.
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