If you hurt or damage your tooth, or it’s unhealthy for any reason, we’ll always do everything in our power to try and save it. However, on some occasions, there’s nothing more that we can do and it has to be extracted. There are two main types of extractions: simple tooth extractions and surgical tooth extractions.
A simple extraction requires no incision. When we perform one, once it’s complete, our staff will have you sit still long enough to ensure it clots. We’ll have you bite down on some gauze and also send some home with you. Even after you’re home, we’d like you to rest and be as still as possible for a minimum of two hours. Avoid doing anything that could prevent clotting, such as sucking or spitting. If you’re feeling any discomfort at all, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help.
You should expect some blood-tinged saliva for a couple of days– that’s nothing to worry about. What you want to look out for is thick bleeding. If this happens, bite down on the gauze provided to you for about forty-five minutes, then check the bleeding. If it hasn’t stopped, repeat the pressure for another forty-five minutes, one more time. After that, if you still have extensive bleeding you’ll need to contact us. If you can’t reach us, go to the hospital.
A surgical extraction simply means an incision was required. A flap of tissue will be raised in order to gain access to your tooth. Sometimes, bone has to be removed or your tooth may need to be sectioned into pieces in order to take it out. We tend to see this the most often with wisdom tooth removal. In these cases, post-operative care is a little more extensive.
There will be some swelling and we’ll give you a prescription pain reliever. Be careful with these, as some of them are addictive. Only take them as necessary and never take more than the prescribed instructions indicate.
If you find it difficult to open your mouth after surgery, don’t be alarmed. It’s completely normal and it will lessen every day.
In addition to the bleeding instructions given with general extractions, on the first day, only eat liquid and soft foods, such as puddings or broth. Starting on the second day you can try working your way up to solid foods, but don’t rush it.
It’s important to keep the surgical site as clean as possible. For the first day, don’t brush at all. Just use a warm salt water rinse. The second day you can brush, but be very careful around the extraction site. You’ll also want to avoid your gums, so you don’t tear a suture.
Finally, you should schedule a follow-up appointment for the extracted tooth to be replaced. If you don’t replace it, future complications can occur. We’ll sit down with you and discuss all of your options and figure out which is best for your specific situation.
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