When other treatment options, such as fillings and crowns, are not feasible, it may become necessary to have a dental extraction. Having a tooth removed can be the best option when it is badly decayed or loosened by an accident or gum disease. A dental extraction can prevent an infection from spreading or may be done to reduce crowding that can damage the neighboring healthy teeth.
Although the words ‘dental extraction’ may be the scariest for a patient to hear, with experienced dentists like Drs. Ted and Kristy, can reduce the anxiety you feel and any pain can be managed effectively. With the help of digital x-rays, Drs. Ted and Kristy along with their team can determine if an extraction is needed, and will discuss the suggested treatments with you to help you feel more comfortable. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have about your dental extraction or pain management.
Follow-Up Care for Dental Extractions
It is very important to follow all care instructions to ensure a healthy extraction. Neglecting these instructions can result in an infection of the socket or dry socket. Dry socket occurs when blood clots don’t form properly or are dislodged, therefore exposing the nerve endings to bacteria and foods. This can slow the healing process of the area, as well as cause additional pain. To prevent infection or dry socket, we recommend the following:
- Do not attempt to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after your dental extraction. After the first day, rinse several times a day with saltwater.
- Keep your activity following the procedure to a minimum. Too much movement can make bleeding increase.
- Don’t poke or prod the area with your tongue – this can dislodge the blood clot.
- Avoid drinking from a straw or smoking – these sucking actions can dislodge the clot as well as exposing the area to harmful chemicals or liquids.
- Don’t try to eat a full meal shortly after your extraction – start with soft foods and liquids and move up to your normal diet gradually.
- When laying down, try to keep your head elevated and propped on a pillow as opposed to lying flat. This helps slow the bleeding.
- Take any medications as prescribed to help manage pain and infection. A cold pack applied to the outside of your mouth can help lower swelling and reduce pain.
Make sure to let us know if you have concerns before your procedure.