Tooth extractions are always avoided if at all possible but sometimes it is best to remove the tooth. Some reasons for an extraction are that the tooth is severely decayed, advanced periodontal disease, or some kind of trauma to the tooth that has caused it to become broken or fractured beyond repair. More reasons a tooth could be extracted is to prepare for an orthodontic treatment if the tooth is not positioned well in the mouth. If an extraction is needed, Dr. Baldwin will discuss your choices and the reasons he feels that it is necessary. A plan will also be decided concerning what to do to replace the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
If an extraction is needed, Dr. Baldwin will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. The tooth, jawbone and gums will all be numbed. The procedure should be painless but pressure will be felt because of the widening of the socket to remove your tooth.
Sectioning a Tooth
Sometimes a tooth may need to be sectioned because it is firmly anchored to the socket or the root is curved and cannot be removed from the socket. If this needs to be done, Dr. Baldwin will cut the tooth into sections and remove the sections separately.
What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction
Bleeding – After extraction some bleeding may occur but biting down on a gauze for 30-45 minutes should stop most of the bleeding.
Blood clots – Blood clots are expected and necessary to form in the empty socket. To be sure the clot does not dislodge you will need to avoid rinsing and spitting for the 24 hours following your extraction. Smoking, hot liquids, and straw use should also be avoided in the first 24 hours.
Swelling – There is to be expected swelling after your extraction. To minimize it you can place an ice pack on your face for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes. This can be continued as needed.
Eating – A liquid diet may be recommended for the first 24 hours. No hot liquids or alcoholic beverages should be consumed in this time. If Dr. Baldwin does not require a liquid diet, then be sure to chew on the opposite side of the mouth, away from the treated area.
Brushing and cleaning – During the first 24 hours you should also avoid brushing in the area of the extraction. Commercial mouth rinses need to be avoided because they can irritate the treated area. Rinsing with salt water after eating and before bed, can be done after the first 24 hours.
Dry socket – Dry socket can occur three to four days after the extraction. It is caused when a blood clot does not form in the socket or if it becomes dislodged. This can slow the healing process and cause a throbbing pain.
Healing – Once a tooth has been extracted you will have a hole in your jawbone. Over time it should become smooth and bone should fill it in. After a week or two the treated area should be healed and not cause any inconvenience to you.
Call Dream Smile Team today to set up a consultation. Allow Dr. Baldwin and his staff to evaluate your situation and give their expert and experienced advice on what treatments are best for you.