The pain of a toothache or a broken tooth is never enjoyable. In order to help you get out of pain as soon as possible, our office offers emergency treatment such as extractions. Not only do we remove teeth (including wisdom teeth), but we also offer bone grafting, bone recontouring, frenectomies, and other surgical procedures. Our goal is to make this stressful time as comfortable and easy as possible.
You and your doctor may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, your doctor will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
After Tooth Extraction Care
After having a tooth removed, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. This is achieved by applying firm pressure by biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. 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 after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days, you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have continued heavy bleeding or severe pain that continues for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.