A Treatment To Restore Health To Your Smile
Tooth extractions as an adult are sometimes necessary. Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extractions may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay and cannot be repaired. Other reasons include:
- Over crowded teeth
- Risk of Infection
- Periodontal Gum Disease
What to Expect With Tooth Extractions
Before pulling the tooth, we will administer enough local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, we may use a strong general anesthetic or even suggest sedation for the procedure to assure you are comfortable.
Your dentist will use instruments designed to remove your tooth carefully and as gently as possible. At times, the dentist might have to section the tooth and remove it in a couple of sections.
After you have had a tooth extracted you will likely be prescribed pain medication, ant-inflammatory medication and possibly antibiotics. Application of an ice pack for 10 minute intervals can help reduce any swelling after the procedure. You should take it easy for the next 24-48 hours to allow your body to create a protective clot in the socket. You should avoid rinsing your mouth with anything for 24 hours and NO vigorous rinsing or spitting for 48 hours. Please do not drink from a straw or suck on anything, including cigarette, cigars and electronic cigarettes.
Your diet will need to consist of soft foods the day after extraction. When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Continue to brush and floss your teeth but avoid extraction site.