Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

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Tooth Extraction

Why Do I need a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions may be necessary when a tooth is broken or decayed and cannot be saved. 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 gum.

Standard vs Surgical Tooth Extraction

A standard tooth extraction involves loosening the tooth and removing it from the socket. Surgical extraction involves sectioning the tooth into multiple pieces or removing a minimal amount of surrounding bone for easier removal. Surgical extractions are often 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 lift excessive weights 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.

Tooth Extraction

How Should The Extraction Socket Look When Healing?

A hole, called the socket, remains where the tooth was extracted. Over time, this socket will be filled in with the surrounding gum and the bone will remodel itself to fill in the socket. By keeping pressure on the area, 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 socket. By following the above Do’s and Don’ts we can minimize the risk of a dry socket.

What Can I Eat After My Tooth Extraction?

The diet after an extraction should consist of soft foods and foods at room temperature. 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, we welcome our patients to call our office with any questions or concerns after tooth extraction.