While our teeth were meant to last forever, sometimes when there’s severe damage, extracting a tooth is necessary.
We’ll spend some time with you and answer any questions you may have and talk about the healing process.
The most common reasons you might need an extraction are:
- Trauma to the tooth
- Tooth decay
- Extra teeth
- Wisdom teeth
- Periodontal disease
The Process of Extracting a Tooth
A detailed exam or X-rays will be done to ensure an extraction is necessary and cannot be fixed with a crown, filling or other treatment.
The proper anaesthetic will be given for a more comfortable, relaxing procedure
Usually a local anaesthetic is given to you in the area of your extracted tooth. If this is the case, the area will be numb to pain but you’ll still be able to feel pressure and hear noises from the procedure.
After the extraction
Your blood should start to clot and begin to heal in the tooth’s empty socket. We’ll pack the area with gauze so that it can start the healing process.
Healing and Home Care
Home care for an extraction can involve taking over-the-counter pain medications to help with any tenderness in the days following the procedure and should be taken before the anaesthesia wears off. More complex extractions may involve additional prescriptions recommended by your dentist.
Soft, cold foods are recommended for the few days after the extraction. Try to avoid using straws as the sucking motion can complicate the healing process.
We recommend brushing as usual; changing your gauze pads often and warm, salt water rinsing 24 hours after the procedure to keep the area clean. Smoking should be refrained from for 24-72 hours.
Ice packs may help reduce any swelling. There can also be stitches (usually self-dissolving) involved in more complex extractions.
It’s critical to follow aftercare directions to prevent any complications. For example, the blood clot that forms after extraction can become dislodged and leave the hole exposed. This situation, called dry socket, can cause an infection, so we strongly recommend taking it easy to ensure you heal properly.
Need More Information?
As always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have along the way. Contact Waverley Park Dental Care today!
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