Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction may be necessary when a tooth is broken or decayed and cannot be saved. It is also performed to alleviate an infected tooth causing pain.

Why Do I need a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions may be necessary for the ideal oral health of a patient. When a tooth or multiple teeth are damaged beyond repair, dental extractions are the best choice of treatment. If you are experiencing pain or infection, it is important that you call our office immediately for treatment.

An x-ray will be taken to determine the best way to remove the tooth. This will show whether a standard or surgical tooth extraction is needed. Prior to treatment, the patient will be given local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding areas to prevent any discomfort.

Standard vs Surgical Tooth Extraction

A standard tooth extraction involves loosening the tooth and pulling it out of the mouth. Surgical extraction involves sectioning the tooth into multiple pieces or removing a minimal amount of surrounding bone for easier removal. Surgical extractions can be used for teeth that have large roots or a tooth that is broken at the gum line.

Do ice the treated area for up to 24 hours post surgery

Don’t exercise for 72 hours post surgery

Do call our office if you have any questions or concerns post-surgery

Don’t smoke

Do keep pressure on extraction site by biting down on gauze

Don’t drink hot beverages

Do change gauze every 40 minutes or when gauze becomes overly saturated 

Don’t use straws or spit for 72 hours post surgery

Bleeding can occur after removal of the tooth. Pressure is the best way to stop the bleeding. This is done by biting tightly on gauze. Healing time can take at least one week. Soreness can last 1-2 weeks.

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How Should The Extraction Socket Look When Healing?

A hole remains where the tooth was extracted. Over time, this hole will be filled in with the surrounding gum and the bone will remodel itself to fill in the hole. By keeping pressure on the area ensures a blood clot will form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. The blood clot is the white tissue that forms in the hole of the area the tooth was removed. By following the above Do’s and Don’ts we can ensure that the blood clot will form and stay in place and promote healing.

What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?

Soft foods and foods that are not hot. Be sure to keep up with proper nutrition by making sure you are eating a well balanced diet. Make sure this includes vitamins and protein to stay healthy.  If needed, you can use a blender to make nutritious meals.

At Coastal Smiles Dental Care, we welcome our patients to call our office with any questions or concerns after tooth extraction. If you would like to call our office to schedule an appointment, please call us at (239)-394-3200

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