Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, it can be fixed with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved.
At Ellenbrook Dental Clinic we’ve done more teeth extractions than we can count. We understand that some people feel uncomfortable in these situations so we take extra care to provide gentle dental treatment to all of our patients.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. So that we have the best understanding of you medical standing, be sure to provide your full medical and dental history and a list of all medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.
Do not smoke on the day of surgery. This can increase the risk of a painful infection of the extraction site called “a dry socket”.
After the extraction, someone may need to drive you home and stay there with you. You will be given post-surgery instructions. It is very important that you follow them.
Your dentist may prescribe pain-relief medication and oral antibiotics for a few days. Delete” and then suggest an NSAID.”
Your dentist may prescribe pain-relief medication and oral antibiotics for a few days.
Surgical extractions generally cause more pain after the procedure than simple extractions. The level of discomfort and how long it lasts will depend on how difficult it was to remove the tooth. Your dentist may prescribe pain medicine for a few days and then suggest an NSAID. Most pain disappears after a couple of days.
A cut in the mouth tends to bleed more than a cut on the skin because it cannot dry out and form a scab. After an extraction, you’ll be asked to bite on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes. This pressure will allow the blood to clot. You will still have a small amount of bleeding for the next 24 hours or so. It should taper off after that. Don’t disturb the clot that forms on the wound.
Eat soft and cool foods for a few days. Then try other food as you feel comfortable.
A gentle rinse with warm salt water, started 24 hours after the surgery, can help to keep the area clean. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of water. Most swelling and bleeding end within a day or two after the surgery. Initial healing takes at least two weeks.
If you need stitches, your doctor may use the kind that dissolve on their own. This usually takes a few days. Rinsing with warm salty water will help the stitches to dissolve. Some stitches need to be removed by the dentist or surgeon.
You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was. Do not smoke on the day of surgery. Do not smoke for 24 to 72 hours after having a tooth extracted.