In certain instances, our dental health experts may determine that the removal of a tooth is in the best interest of your oral health. Some reasons for a tooth extraction include severe decay, irreparable breakage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment.
The first step of a tooth extraction involves the dentist applying a local anesthetic in order to numb the tooth, jawbone and gum. As the tooth is being pulled from the socket, the patient is expected to feel some pressure but no pain. Some teeth may need to be cut into multiple sections prior to their removal.
After the process is complete, it is critical to form a blood clot at the site of the extraction so that the healing process can initiate. The patient will be required to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form the clot. Once the clot has formed, it is extremely important not to disturb it. Our dental experts strongly advise patients who have just undergone a tooth extraction to refrain from using a straw, vigorous rinsing, smoking, drug or alcohol consumption and intense exercise.
Once the anesthesia wears off, it is common to experience some pain or discomfort at the site of the extraction. This is addressed with prescribed or over-the-counter painkillers. We also recommend using an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site to reduce swelling. In most cases, patients are able to resume their normal brushing and flossing activities 24 hours after the procedure. Patients experiencing intense pain or uncontrolled bleeding after the procedure are advised to contact us immediately.
If you or a loved one wants to learn more about tooth extraction or the associated post-op care, please contact our office at (770) 824-8916 to schedule an appointment.