What Is a Tooth Extraction?
If damaged or misaligned teeth cannot be corrected with cosmetic or orthodontic procedures, a tooth may need to be removed from the mouth. Some cases in which a tooth might require extraction are if it is blocking other teeth from coming in, does not leave space for orthodontic work, or has deteriorated beyond repair. Extraction procedures are also performed for wisdom teeth if they become impacted and are causing significant pain or discomfort. During the procedure, your doctors will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth, so you will not feel any pain during the extraction. Keep in mind that your doctors will only recommend an extraction when there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. Removing a tooth is always a last resort. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for a healthy and beautiful smile!
What Can I Expect After a Tooth Extraction?
After a tooth has been extracted, it is normal for some bleeding to occur. It is important for a blood clot to form in order to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Your doctors will ask you to bite down on gauze to apply pressure to the area for about 30-45 minutes or until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding persists, replace the gauze and bite firmly until the bleeding stops.
Once the blood clot has formed, be careful not disrupt the area so that it will heal faster. Your doctors will ask you to avoid certain activities that may disrupt the blood clot.
Please Avoid the Following:
- Drinking through a straw
- Rinsing your mouth vigorously
- Drinking alcohol
- Limit exercise for the next 48 hours
An ice pack should be used to promote the healing process and help limit swelling and postoperative discomfort. Take medications and follow all postoperative instructions as recommended by your doctors.