The Process of Tooth Removal
At Atlanta Place Dentistry, we are determined to save your tooth. However, there are times when this may not be possible due to:
Advanced periodontal disease
Severely damaged or broken tooth
Poor positioning in the mouth
Preparing for orthodontic treatment
During the removal process, Dr. Jelsing begins by explaining the procedure. She then uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. If you are nervous after this treatment, we will offer you sedation dentistry to help you relax or even sleep through the extraction. You will feel zero pain during this procedure.
Once you are comfortable, we widen your socket by firmly rocking the tooth. Dr. Jelsing then swiftly removes the tooth and asks you to bite down on a gauze pack to protect the area. She then explains your restorative options.
Extraction: After Care
Avoid disturbing the area immediately after extraction. In fact, we only recommend light brushing but DO NOT brush the area of the extracted tooth. Also, no smoking for 48 hours and avoid rinsing the area with liquid.
A small amount of bleeding overnight is perfectly normal and can be controlled using a fresh gauze, which we can provide. If this happens, simply bite down on the gauze for 30-40 minutes. Should you experience more severe or non-stop bleeding then please call the office.
Firstly, DO NOT eat on the side where you received surgery. Only, eat nourishing food that can be chewed easily and avoid extremely hot food. Avoid straws and small foods (nuts, seeds, etc) that could become lodged. We recommend soups, yoghurts, and eggs.
Maintaining your usual hygiene routine is important, however, please avoid the surgical site for 72 hours. After this time, dip a cotton-tipped applicator into a rinse solution and gently clean the affected area. We’ll provide more information during your follow-up appointment, one week after surgery.
Dry socket can occur if a blood clot fails to form in the socket where your tooth was extracted. The most common symptoms of this include a dull pain, a dry tooth socket, a bad taste in your mouth, or bad breath. If this happens, Dr. Jelsing will apply a medicated dressing to stop the pain.
The typical healing time after an extraction is between 7-14 days. This allows time for the jawbone and gums to repair themselves and return to normal. Dr. Jelsing will review your restorative options during your follow-up visit and check the healing process.
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