Sometimes, removing a tooth is in your best interest. Extractions are easy at our office because we want you to focus on a quick recovery.
The Process of Tooth Extraction
At Century Family Dental, we want to help you keep all of your teeth. Even so, there are times when a tooth extraction is the best option for maintaining your oral health in the long term. Tooth extractions at Century Family Dental are typically a fast process. Our process begins with a thorough examination and discussion of the procedure’s details with you. To ensure comfort, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth. We will gently loosen the tooth from its socket in the jawbone and carefully extract it. In more complex cases, a surgical extraction might be necessary, involving a small incision in the gum to access the tooth.
The most critical part of this process is recovery. To encourage a proper healing process, we need to control the bleeding immediately following the tooth extraction. We will have you bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the extraction to form a blood clot. It is important to not disturb the blood clot for the next 24 hours. For the swelling, we recommend placing an ice pack on the outer cheek. Once the swelling has decreased, a warm compress can be placed in the same area for comfort. You can also gently rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the extraction area clean. You will receive detailed post-operative care instructions to promote healing and minimize discomfort, ensuring a smooth recovery.
Preventing Dry Socket
When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms shortly after the procedure – this is the beginning of the healing process. If this blood clot becomes dislodged before your mouth has healed fully, this causes pain and is called dry socket.
Avoid dry socket with these tips:
- Don’t drink out of straws or anything that creates suction
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Only eat foods like applesauce, yogurt, etc. for the first couple of days
- Practice good oral hygiene to keep the area clean
What can I eat after tooth extraction?
It’s important to stick to soft foods for the first couple of days following your tooth extraction. You don’t want to disturb the blood clot that has formed, so some foods you can eat are:
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
What causes the need for tooth extraction?
A patient may need a tooth extracted when a tooth has become broken or damaged by decay. Other reasons for extractions include extra teeth growing in, baby teeth that haven’t fallen out, wisdom teeth and medical reasons.
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