There are times when we will need to remove a tooth. You may have experienced damage to your teeth. You may have too many teeth that are causing overcrowding. If you have a bad enough disease, you may also need to have a tooth removed.
Prior to the extraction, we will numb the area with a local anesthesia. It is normal to have a little bit of bleeding, which will actually help the area heal. Your body will form a blood clot where the root was, starting the healing process.
It is very important that you care for your mouth properly after the procedure. We will go over all of the aftercare prior to the procedure, giving you time to ask us any questions that you may have.
Your mouth needs to heal properly, so there are some things that you should avoid because they can aggravate your mouth. You shouldn’t drink through a straw. When you eat, you should watch what you are eating. You may need to eat soft foods for a few days until your mouth feels better. You should avoid smoking.
You should continue to brush and floss your teeth, just use care around the extraction site. We may recommend over-the-counter pain medication if needed, but we may also prescribe something if you need it.
Though tooth extraction is a common procedure, some people do experience complications such as excessive swelling. If you have any problems, you should contact us right away. After extractions in our office we recommend using SOCKIT gel to help it heal faster and also help provide some comfort. Here is a link describing What SOCKIT gel is and how to use it http://www.sockitgel.com/extractions
If you are having trouble with a tooth, it is important to visit us right away. If you come in earlier, we may be able to save your tooth.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.