In certain cases, it may be determined that removing a tooth is in the best interest of your oral health. Patients receive tooth extractions for many reasons including severe tooth decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment. At Grandridge Dental, our goal is to make the tooth extraction process as smooth as possible so you can get on the right track to improving your oral health.
The first step when removing a tooth is to apply a local anesthetic that is designed to numb the tooth, jawbone and gums. You will feel pressure as the tooth is being pulled, but should experience little-to-no pain. For larger teeth, it may be necessary to cut them into multiple sections prior to their removal.
Once the tooth has been removed, it is very important to form a blood clot at the extraction site in order to initiate the healing process. This is done by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. After the blood clot has developed, it must not be disturbed in any fashion. This means 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.
After the anesthesia wears off, the patient may experience some pain at the site of the extraction. If necessary, we will provide prescription painkillers to help manage the pain. 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 usual brushing and flossing practices just 24 hours after the tooth has been removed. Patients who experience intense pain or excessive bleeding are instructed to contact our office immediately.
If you want to learn more about teeth extractions and the associated post-op care, please call us at (509) 737-1800 to schedule an appointment.