We will try and salvage your natural teeth in order to help maintain the overall health of your mouth and jaw. This is done for a number of reasons, including preventing tissue and jaw bone loss that can be associated with missing teeth. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Sometimes a tooth is just too damaged or too infected to leave in place, and that's when We will schedule a tooth extraction. Tooth extractions are also commonly done to remove impacted wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth that are not placed well and could cause future issues. Whatever the reason, if we schedule a tooth extraction, you might find yourself worried and unsure as to what you can expect. Let's take a look at the procedure and some post-operative instructions.
When are teeth extracted?
As mentioned above, teeth that have extremely infected or decayed, have been affected by periodontal disease, are fractured beyond repair, or are not functional should all be removed. This is done to help maintain your overall oral health. Wisdom teeth are also commonly removed in order to simply avoid any potential issues that they could cause.
What should I expect?
Depending upon the extraction, you will experience either a simple (non-surgical) or surgical procedure. Simple tooth extraction does not always remain a simple procedure, especially if the tooth itself fractures or breaks under the stress of the forceps when attempting to remove it. Note that for either procedure, you will not be able to feel anything that is happening. Sometimes we will even give you some form of IV sedation to help you get through the process a little easier. If this happens, you will be informed ahead of time so that you have time to prepare. Tooth extractions are done in one visit, and must be carefully cared for after the procedure has been completed.
After your tooth extraction, you can expect to experience things like soreness, pain, oozing, and bleeding. To help stop active bleeding, bite down on a clean gauze pad without stop for 45 minutes to an hour. Steady pressure can help stem the flow of blood and encourage a blood clot to form over the wound, which is vital to the healing process. If your bleeding has not stopped after eight to 12 hours after the procedure, contact us right away for further instruction.
Pain should be managed by taking an OTC analgesic like Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol. If you find yourself in extreme pain after two or three days after the procedure, please contact us.
Do not disturb the wound – it is important to let it heal. You should avoid hot food or beverages as well as the use of a straw or vigorous mouth washing for at least 24 hours after the procedure. These activities can dislodge or dissolve your blood clot, which will set back the healing process.
Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water for one minute a few times a day. This routine should start roughly 24 hours after the surgery.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at (315) 766-2770so that we can help!