A tooth extraction is often the last choice for treatment - our goal is always the prevention of tooth loss through regular cleanings, check-ups, and prompt treatment when trouble does arise. Yet, extraction is sometimes necessary when no other options will work.
Reasons for Extractions
- Decay - When a tooth has too much decay for a filling to be placed, extracting it may be the only option.
- Periodontal Disease - The gums and underlying bone act as the foundation for your teeth. When extensive gum disease is present, extractions are often necessary to remove infection to keep you healthy.
- Orthodontic Treatment - When undergoing teeth-straightening treatment, there’s often not enough room for all of your teeth to fit naturally. In some cases, we remove a few teeth so the rest have enough room to align properly.
- Dental Accidents - When teeth are fractured or knocked out (avulsion) and aren't able to be restored, extraction may be necessary to prevent infection and restore function.
- No Smoking - Smoking after an extraction will promote bleeding and hinder your healing.
- Do Not Disturb the Healing Site – Take great care not to disturb the vulnerable extraction site. Any disruption could dislodge the crucial clotted blood in the socket, which can then extend your healing time and bring on a dry socket. A dry socket is extremely painful, so you’ll want to take every precaution.
After the extraction avoid:
- Straws - Using a straw creates suction in the mouth that may dislodge the clotted blood in the extraction area.
- Spitting - Spitting can create a force that may disturb the blood clot in the extraction site.
- Rinses - Unless it’s prescribed, avoid rinses and mouthwash. When prescribed, use the rinse gently and cautiously.
After the extraction do:
- Ice - Apply to the skin over the extraction area - on for 20 minutes, off for 20 minutes, and repeat for at least an hour.
- Brush - Maintain your normal oral-hygiene routine, but avoid the area of the extraction.
- Take prescribed medications/rinses - Your treatment will be painless, but you may experience slight post-operative pain. Medication may be prescribed to control pain, and should only be used as directed.
More detailed post-operative instructions will be given at your appointment.