What is a tooth extraction and why would I need the procedure?
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, it can usually be fixed with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. Occasionally, damage to teeth may be so advanced that it is necessary to take out the tooth in order to maintain dental health. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
You can feel confident knowing that the team Linden Dental Associates will make every attempt to save your teeth. We will carefully explore and discuss all of the available options for treatment. We understand that the process of having a tooth extracted can be daunting and we make every reasonable attempt to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
What to expect during the procedure?
There are two types of extractions:
- A simple extraction – this procedure is on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth.
- A surgical extraction – this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
What to expect after the procedure?
After the procedure, you will need to rest. You may need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist.
Rest when you return home, keep your head elevated. Your dentist may prescribe you pain medication and a cleaning solution for the extraction site. When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Below are some recommended foods:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- …and other food you can eat without chewing.
If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or if you feel that the extraction site is not healing properly call your Linden Dental Associates team for a follow up.