While we always try to save teeth, you and Drs. Kalons, Glidewell or Grewal may determine that a tooth extraction is needed for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Kalons, Glidewell or Grewal will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction we will need to numb the area with a local anesthetic. If you would like to be asleep for the procedure, or if your involved tooth is impacted under the gums, we may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
After Tooth Extraction
After a tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. It is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
Pain medication as well as antibiotics may be prescribed. Ice can help with any swelling that occurs. Drink lots of fluids and maintain a soft diet until you are comfortable eating anything more. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours being gentle in the area of the extraction.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.