Throughout your life there could be reasons that a tooth extraction is necessary, this includes but is not limited to wisdom teeth and trauma. Unfortunately, it can be an unpleasant experience, but here at Comfort Dental RI, we try to make that experience as painless as possible.
Why do people need oral surgery?
There are various reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted. Severe tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, and a tooth that cannot be repaired, just to name a few. When a tooth is removed issues can arise with your ability to chew, shifting teeth, and problems with your jaw joint. This may create major issues with your dental health. We can get ahead of these issues by discussing alternatives to extractions and may be able to offer options such as replacement of the extracted tooth.
What to Expect
The process of extraction can be a daunting experience. We make it as comfortable as possible. The numbing of your tooth, jawbone and gums surrounding the area is done with a local anesthesia. Once the area is found to be satisfactorily numbed we start with the extraction by rocking the tooth back and forth in preparation for socket removal. This process gives you the sensation of a lot of pressure, but you will feel no pain. If you feel any pain during this time please let us know right away!
You will be given instructions for home that are very important to follow to begin the healing process. Our goal is for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding. This is achieved by biting on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes, and to continue this IF bleeding or oozing persists. It is advised to use new gauze pads every 30 minutes until the clot has formed. Do not be alarmed if it takes multiple times to stop the flow of blood.
There are steps to take after the blood clot forms that are imperative to keeping it healthy. The clot cannot be disturbed or dislodged and actions such as vigorous rinsing, the use of straws, smoking, drinking and chewing next to the extraction site must be avoided for 72 hours. Failure to do so can result in the dissolving of the clot which will create a problem with the healing process. It is also important that you limit heavy exercise for the next 24 hours. This can cause an increase in blood pressure that can cause more bleeding for the extraction site.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
Symptoms after your extraction can include some pain and swelling. Treatment for this is an ice pack or unopened bag of small vegetales such as corn or peas, applied to the area. This will keep the swelling down and should ease up after 48 hours. We advise you take your pain medications as prescribed.
If, at any time you have questions or concerns please feel free to call our office. If we have prescribed you antibiotics, you must take them until finished, even if you experience no signs of symptoms of the infection they were prescribed for.
Fluid is essential to the healing process. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious, soft foods the day you leave the office. As soon as you feel up to it, you may eat normally. And make sure to keep up with your dental routine including brushing and flossing in order to speed up the healing process and to prevent any infection.
Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine, including brushing and flossing. This will speed up healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
It will take a few days to get back to the old you. Give yourself this time before resuming your normal activities. Any signs of heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, and drug reaction should be called in to our office.
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