While we always do our best to preserve natural tooth material, there are some situations where teeth are damaged beyond repair. In this case, we will remove the tooth and discuss replacement options with you.
There are all kinds of reasons to get a tooth extraction, including:
The empty space caused by a missing tooth can lead to problems with chewing, speaking, your jaw joints, and shifting teeth. Therefore, if you need an extraction, getting a form of tooth replacement is also imperative.
We will sit down with you to discuss your options and find the restoration method best suited to your needs.
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and the gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. You will likely feel some pressure as we firmly rock the tooth to widen the socket for removal.
That said, the anesthetic should prevent you from feeling pain. If you feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know immediately.
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket, or the root is curved, and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections and then removes each section one at a time.
After tooth extraction, a blood clot must form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. For this reason, you are advised to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately following your appointment.
If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to repeat the process several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge it. For the next 72 hours, do not:
You’ll also want to avoid exercising for the first 24 hours.
You may experience pain or swelling after your tooth extraction. We recommend taking pain medication as prescribed. An ice pack or bag of frozen food can keep swelling to a minimum. After 48 hours, the swelling should subside.
If the medication isn’t working, please call our office. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
On the day of the extraction, we advise drinking plenty of fluids and eating soft, nutritious foods. That said, as soon as you feel able to, you can eat normally.
After 24 hours, resume your regular dental routine. This is an important part of the healing process!
After a few days, you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. Call our office immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication.
Ferber Dental Group is here for you. We’re proud to be leaders in digital dentistry, always helping our patients get expert care in a comfortable environment. Whether you’re ready to book an appointment or you have questions you’d like to ask first, please contact us today!