Tooth extraction is a last resort when no other treatment will cure a tooth infection. In rare cases, an extraction is the best option for preserving oral health. Some teeth require extraction because they are severely decayed, missing too many roots to be saved, or causing crowding. An extraction may also be performed in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
A local anesthetic will be administered before the procedure. After the area is numbed, the dentist will separate the gums from the teeth. The dentist will then remove the tooth by loosening the ligament and removing the connective tissues. In some cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces before removal.
Here are a few things you should know will happen after the extraction process:
After an extraction, it is normal to experience some bleeding. This bleeding should subside within 24 hours. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the procedure to help stop bleeding. Apply the pressure that you would use if you had a nosebleed. You can use ice packs on the outside of the face to help with pain and swelling.
You will feel some pain and swelling, and your dentist may prescribe you pain medicine to help subside the pain.
After the procedure, you’ll need to rest with your head elevated. Do not rinse or spit for the first 24 hours, as this could interrupt the healing process.
Teeth drift out of place following an extraction, so it’s important to wear your retainer to prevent this. It’s also crucial that you don’t smoke, as smoking after extraction can slow the healing process.
The amount of time it takes for tooth extractions to heal will vary from person to person. Typically, it takes at least several weeks for teeth to heal fully. The healing process is different for everyone and depends on factors like your age, the location of the tooth, and whether or not you received bone replacement material.
Immediately following your extraction, you should rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water. The salt water will help clean your mouth and relieve pain. You should eat soft foods and avoid drinking through a straw.
It is common to have a sore throat after your extraction procedure. The sore throat usually peaks around 48-72 hours after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers will be very helpful during this time.
Saliva plays a vital role in maintaining oral health. Post-operative patients often experience dry mouth. Saliva substitutes and mouth rinses can be used to help with this condition.
To know more about dental extraction, visit Dr. Robert Astles at 963 37th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Contact us at 772.562.5700 or visit our website for further information.