Sometimes removing a tooth is the only option. While we look to all options to save your tooth first, extractions may be needed for any of the following reasons:
- Extensive decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Extensive fracture
- Impacted or poorly positioned teeth
- To create space for orthodontics
To avoid issues with chewing, jaw alignment, shifting teeth and speech that can occur due to missing teeth, Dr. Kerr or Dr. Flory are able to discuss options with you for a replacement tooth during your appointment if interested.
Tooth extraction procedure
While the thought of having a tooth removed seems intimidating, tooth extractions are actually quite common. In fact, many patients are relieved to have it done as it is an end to the pain and discomfort their damaged tooth causes.
We want to clearly explain the procedure so you can let go of the common misconception that teeth are ‘yanked’ out. This is not what happens during a tooth extraction. We want to calm your nerves and assure you that, here, you will receive gentle and experienced care.
- First Dr. Kerr or Dr. Flory will give you a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, jaw and gums that surround the area so you will not feel pain during your procedure.
- Your tooth is then extracted by gently rocking it back and forth until it loosens enough to be easily removed. During this stage you will feel pressure, but should feel no pain.
Tooth extraction aftercare
Here are some recommendations to help promote healing and comfort following your tooth extraction:
Bleeding from the extraction site
It is normal after a tooth extraction for minimal bleeding to occur. Biting on a gauze pad, which we provide, should be done for 30-45 minutes after your appointment. This helps to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.
Occasionally, bleeding will persist more than 30 minutes and this is okay. Continue biting, with a fresh gauze pad until the bleeding subsides.
Things to avoid
A blood clot will form to begin the healing process and it is important not to disturb that process. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to your extraction site for 48-72 hours.
Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
Ice any swelling
After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Applying an ice pack to the area will help to keep swelling to a minimum and should subside after 48 hours. Pain medications can be taken, as directed by our office.
If your pain medication doesn’t seem to be working and you are experiencing pain, please call our office at 403‑981‑3685.
If antibiotics have been prescribed for you, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
Nutrition and A Healthy Oral Routine
Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you feel comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This will promote healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
Persistent Pain or Swelling
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medications prescribed, call our office immediately at 403‑981‑3685.
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