For a variety of reasons, you and our dentists at Silver Stream Dental may determine that you require a tooth extraction. Some teeth are taken because they are badly decaying, while others may have extensive periodontal disease or have broken in an unrepairable way. Other teeth may need to be extracted due to their poor positioning in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
A single tooth extraction can cause issues with biting, jaw joint disorders, and teeth moving, all of which can have a significant influence on your oral health.
In most circumstances, our dentists at Silver Stream Dental will explore alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth to avoid these issues.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums around the area during the extraction.
You will feel a lot of pressure during the extraction procedure. This is the result of firmly rocking the tooth to enlarge the socket in preparation for removal.
Because the anesthetic has numbed the nerves, the pressure is felt without pain, but the nerves that transmit pressure are not significantly altered.
If you experience any pain during the extraction, please notify us straight away.
Some teeth need to be sectioned. When a tooth is so firmly fixed in its socket or the root is curved that the socket can't expand sufficiently to remove it, this is a typical treatment. The dentist simply divides the tooth into sections and removes each section individually.
A blood clot must develop after tooth extraction to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. After your appointment, bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. If the bleeding or seeping continues, lay another gauze pad over the wound and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to repeat this process multiple times to stop the flow of blood.
It is critical not to disturb or dislodge the blood clot after it has formed. For 72 hours, do not rinse aggressively, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or clean your teeth near the extraction site. These actions may cause the clot to detach or dissolve, obstructing the healing process. For the next 24 hours, avoid intense exercise since it raises blood pressure and may cause further bleeding at the extraction site.
You may have some discomfort and swelling after the tooth is pulled. Swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn to the affected area. Take pain relievers exactly as directed. After 48 hours, the swelling normally goes down.
Follow the directions on your pain medicine. If the drug isn't functioning, please contact our office. If antibiotics are given, take them for the full duration of the prescription, even if the signs and symptoms of infection have passed. On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of water and eat nourishing, soft meals. You can resume normal eating as soon as you feel safe.
After 24 hours, you should continue your normal dental routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day is recommended. This will hasten the healing process while also keeping your tongue fresh and clean.
You should be well after a few days and can resume your normal activities. Call our office right away if you experience substantial bleeding, intense discomfort, continuous swelling for more than two days, or a medication response.