Tooth Extraction
No one relishes the idea of needing a tooth extraction, but it is sometimes necessary. Whether it is due to tooth decay, wisdom teeth, or some other problem, tooth extractions are routine dental procedures that go more smoothly and comfortably than most people realize.
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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are performed by either a dentist or an oral surgeon. They are fairly fast outpatient procedures that involve the use of local, general, or IV anesthesia, or a combination. Extracting teeth that are visible is the most simple type of extraction. Teeth that are broken below the surface, or are impacted, involve a more complex procedure.

A simple extraction involves rocking the tooth back and forth to loosen its connection with the underlying ligament. From there, the tooth should be able to be easily extracted.

Teeth that are broken off beneath the gum line will involve the use of general anesthesia so that the patient is completely unconscious. As there is nothing to grasp above the gum line, incisions will be made to access the tooth and extract it.

Tooth Extraction Preparations

Inform your dentist if you are currently experiencing any of these conditions:

 

  • Diabetes
  • Liver or thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Hypertension
  • Compromised immune system

Tooth Extraction Recovery

Most patients recover in a few days after a tooth extraction. To recover fully from an extraction, take the following steps so that you recover quickly.

 

Place a cold compress against your cheek near the extracted tooth to minimize swelling. Keep it in place for 10 minutes at a time.

 

Your dentist will place some gauze over the affected area. You will need to gently bite down on it to minimize bleeding and help a blood clot form. Keep the gauze in place for three or four hours, or until it has been completely soaked.

Some other recovery steps to follow include:

  • Take all medications as prescribed.
  • Relax and rest for the first 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours so that the blood clot is not disturbed.
  • Do not rinse for 24 hours after your extraction. If you need to spit, do so gently.
  • You can prop your head up with pillows whenever you lie down.
  • Clean your teeth as normal, but avoid the site of extraction.
  • Do not smoke.

 

One day after your procedure, you should be able to start eating soft foods like pudding, yogurt and applesauce. At this time, you can also gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.

 

Although most patients experience a smooth and rapid recovery, complications are always possible following any type of medical procedure. If you experience lingering pain that last for several days, or notice any signs of an infection, contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.

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