Dr. Frideres, Dr. Kawasaki or Dr. Everson 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.
Based on your personal preferences, Drs. Frideres, Kawasaki or Everson will also discuss alternatives to extractions as well as options for replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the start of your appointment for tooth extraction the doctor will numb the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel pressure. You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away, as this procedure should not be painful.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If any bleeding still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may repeat this as many times as necessary.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise 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 soreness 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. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
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 twice daily 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 heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or any adverse reactions, call our office immediately so we can help.