We all would hope and wish for our natural teeth to last forever; however, sometimes severe damage can call for the need of tooth extraction. Listed below are some of the most common reasons why extraction may need to be done:
Trauma to the tooth
Crowding of teeth
Impaction of wisdom teeth
The Process of Extracting a Tooth
First, a comprehensive examination is performed and X-Rays of the tooth are taken to make sure that extraction is the only resort to restore your oral health.
The tooth is numbed using local anesthesia to give you a pain-free procedure. You will feel some pressure while we extract the tooth but no pain.
The tooth is carefully pulled out from its socket. Sometimes, it may need to be broken into pieces to make the extraction process easier.
The extraction site is cleaned and a gauze pad is placed to stop bleeding and allow a blood clot to form.
We will then give you instructions on how you can care for the site to allow proper healing. We will also discuss the most appropriate tooth replacement options for you as needed.
You can follow the below tips to allow the extraction site to heal properly:.
You may start feeling pain after the anesthesia wears off.
Take pain killing medication prescribed by us to control your pain.
Eat soft, cold foods and avoid smoking, alcohol consumption and drinking from a straw as a sucking motion or hard foods could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
Change the gauze pad once it gets soaked. Use a saline rinse 24 hours after the procedure to clean the area.
Ice packs can be used to control facial swelling.
For more information, please call our office at (586) 248-4438..