In instances where a tooth has experienced severe damage or is causing problems for other teeth, it may be necessary to conduct a tooth extraction. Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons such as advanced tooth decay, irreparable damage, gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment. Our experts work hard to make the tooth extraction process as easy for patients as possible so that they can focus on improving their oral health once the procedure is complete.
Typically, local anesthesia is used for extractions. While the patient may feel pressure, there is usually little pain during the procedure. After the tooth has been removed, the top priority is to form a blood clot at the extraction site as quickly as possible. This helps to encourage healing, and it prevents the patient from losing a large amount of blood. The patient will be instructed to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes so that a blood clot can form. The patient must then be careful not to disturb the blood clot in any fashion. This means that the patient should avoid using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
In order to reduce swelling, the patient should use an ice pack on their outer cheek near the extraction site after the procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal brushing and flossing practices just 24 hours after the completion of the procedure. In the event that the patient experiences intense pain or uncontrollable bleeding at any time, they should contact our office immediately. In addition to standard teeth extractions, our practice also conducts wisdom teeth removals. Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth typically develop when an individual is in their late teens or early twenties. While it is possible for a person to ultimately keep their wisdom teeth, this is relatively rare due to the limited amount of space available for them inside the mouth and the severe angle at which they tend to grow at.
Following a wisdom teeth removal, a patient will usually require about a week’s worth of recovery time before they will become fully healed. During the recovery period, most patients find that they can only comfortably chew soft foods. It is recommended that patients receive lots of rest and consume plenty of fluids during this time. Further instructions for recovery will be provided before you leave the office.
If you would like to receive more information regarding extractions, please call us at (786) 565-0085 to schedule an appointment.