Although it’s almost always better to keep your permanent teeth, there will be times where having a tooth pulled is necessary to prevent further complications. There are number of reasons why tooth extractions are needed. For example, the tooth is too badly damaged from trauma and decay, a crowded mouth, and to prevent risk of infection both in your mouth and body.
We understand that having a tooth pulled can be nerve reckoning. So our main focus is to make sure our patients are comfortable and are well aware of the procedure. We also use top quality instruments to ensure the extraction will be quick and easy, but most importantly, less painful.
What to expect:
Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to the numb the area where the extraction will take place. Then your doctor will grasp the tooth using forceps and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. In some cases, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.
After the tooth is pulled, your doctor will ask you to bite down on a gauze. Keep slight pressure on this gauze for at least 30 minutes. It’s very important that a blood clot forms to heal the wound and to prevent infection. Sometimes the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket, which is a painful condition called dry socket.
Here are some steps to prevent dry socket or infection:
- Avoid rinsing or swishing for 24 hours after the extraction. (Rising can disturb the formation of a healing blood clot) After 24 hours, you may begin gentle rinsing with a saltwater solution.
- Do not drink from a sfraw, make any spitting or sucking motions.
- Do not eat or drink anything HOT! Must be lukewarm or cold.
- Prevent from eating anything that may fall into the site of the extraction (nuts, rice, etc).
- No smoking! Smokers are at a greater risk of developing a painful socket.
- It is normal to feel some discomfort or moderate pain after the
However, if the pain continues or worsens after 48 hours, we encourage you to call our office to make an appointment.