Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is necessary for a number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are extremely decayed. Others may have advance periodontal disease or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

Procedure

  1. Dentist will numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with local anesthetic
  2. You will feel pressure without pain, such as firmly rocking the tooth to widen the socket for removal
  3. When a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket or when the tooth is curved and the socket canít expand enough to remove it, the dentist may cut it into sections then remove each section one at a time

After Care

Regular brushing and flossing will keep the surrounding teeth clean. This is important as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

  • Bleeding. Place a moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting it down firmly for 45 minutes can control bleeding.

  • Blood Clot in Empty Socket. Be careful not to dislodge the clot as this is an important part of the healing process.

  • Swelling. Place ice on your face for 10 minutes and off for 20 minutes, to reduce swelling. Repeat as necessary up to 24 hours.

  • Pain and Medications. If you experience pain, you can use non-prescription pain relief medications (e.g. ibuprofen).

  • Eating. Make sure to chew away from the extraction site. Liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours. Avoid hot and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.

  • Brushing and Cleaning. n the first 24 hours after extraction, you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed. You can resume gentle cleaning the next day. Avoid commercial mouthwash, as they tend to irritate the site.

  • Healing. The resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth has been extracted will be smooth and fill in with bone after many weeks or months. However, within 1 to 2 weeks you should no longer feel any inconvenience.