It may be determined that you need a tooth extracted for any number of reasons. It may be due to severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, or the tooth may be broken in a way that cannot be repaired. A tooth may need extracted because it is poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth may lead to problems related to chewing ability, the jaw joint and/or shifting teeth, which can all have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications Dr. Mooso will discuss options to replace an extracted tooth as well as alternatives to an extraction, if this is an option.
After Tooth Extraction:
After tooth extraction(s), it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to stop the bleeding.
After the blood clot forms it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse or spit vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth near the extraction site for 72 hours. Doing so may dislodge or dissolve the clot, causing dry socket, which will hinder the healing process and can be very painful. Limit vigorous exercise for 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause excessive bleeding.
You may feel some pain and/or experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Swelling typically subsides after 48 hours.
Take prescribed pain medication as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
Drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods on the day of the extraction. Avoid hot food and drink. You may resume eating normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing at least once a day. This will speed the healing process and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities.
If you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, increased swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to prescribed medication, call our office immediately. 208-455-0033