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Tooth extractions may be required for a number of reasons – when tooth decay has been left unchecked, in advanced stages of periodontal disease, or when a tooth is so badly broken or damaged that it needs to be replaced. In some cases, the surrounding teeth are also affected and may need to be removed as well. Dr. Mofid will determine in which cases a tooth must be extracted and in which cases it may be saved and restored.
How is a Tooth Extracted?
Before a tooth is extracted, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around your tooth, gums and jawbone. This will eliminate any pain or discomfort during the extraction process. After your mouth is numb, Dr. Mofid will widen the tooth socket to prepare your tooth for removal. Depending on the tooth’s curvature in its socket, strength of the tooth’s bond with the root, and location of the tooth, Dr. Mofid may section the tooth and remove it in pieces.
What Post-Op Care Do I Need After a Tooth Extraction?
After your tooth is extracted, you will experience bleeding around the site of extraction. Putting pressure on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after your tooth extraction will help clot the blood.
After the bleeding has stopped, it is important to be careful around the tooth socket to ensure that the blood clot is not broken or dislodged. Blood clotting around the site of extraction is important for proper healing to take place. You should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, rinsing or brushing teeth vigorously, or using a straw at least 72 hours after your surgery, and heavy exercise should be avoided for at least 24 hours.
After about 48 hours, the swelling should go down. In the meantime, an ice pack and over the counter pain medications may be used to reduce any swelling and relieve pain. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to prevent or treat any infection, which must also be taken as directed for the full duration in which it is prescribed to ensure that the infection is completely removed.
On the day of your extraction, you will want to drink plenty of water or other fluids and eat soft foods after your procedure. After about 2-3 days once you start feeling more comfortable, you are free to eat and drink normally; however, if you continue to experience pain or other symptoms, contact Dr. Mofid and his staff immediately.
After a tooth extraction, it is important to consider a replacement tooth option to keep your oral health at its optimal level. For more information about tooth pain, extractions and dental restorations, contact our office for more information.