Whether you are suffering from the painful effects of untreated decay or simply have a broken tooth that cannot be repaired, tooth extraction may be the right choice for you. Extractions are sometimes necessary to prepare a patient’s mouth for orthodontic treatment as well. Fortunately, our doctors have the skill and experience to help you make an informed decision about your dental health needs.
Recovery from a tooth extraction begins the moment the doctor places a gauze pad on the extraction site. Designed to enable the formation of a blood clot, you will be advised to bite down on the gauze for about 30 to 45 minutes directly after your procedure. Your doctor will provide you with further instructions, which may include placing another gauze pad on the extraction site repeatedly until an appropriate clot has formed.
Additional Instructions and Helpful Information
It is important to avoid activities like rinsing your mouth vigorously, smoking, drinking alcohol, sucking on straws and even brushing your teeth next to the extraction site for at least 72 hours after the clot has formed. Anything that increases your blood pressure, such as high intensity exercise, should be avoided for at least 24 hours following your procedure.
If you notice any pain or swelling after the procedure, you can place an ice pack on the affected area, or take pain medications as prescribed by your doctor. If in the rare event you find that the medication is not relieving your symptoms, please call us immediately, and we will find an alternative solution to your discomfort. You may also be given an antibiotic, which should be taken as instructed. It is important to complete the entire antibiotic regimen even if you begin to feel better earlier.
For the first 24 hours following the extraction, you will want to drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods. In a few days, you should be able to resume your normal day-to-day routine, including brushing and flossing your teeth.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
If, at any time you experience severe pain, excessive swelling for more than a couple of days, heavy bleeding or problems with your medication, please call us immediately. Our goal is to keep you as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible.
Unmatched Collaborative Care
Regardless of which one of our highly skilled dentists performs your extraction, you can rest assured you are in capable hands. Drs. Cerrato, Sheehan and Lizzio work together to help ensure each patient receives the best care possible.