You and Dr. Woo, Dr. Balcom, Dr. Brewer or Dr. Murphy may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Woo, Balcom, Brewer or Murphy will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After a tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids in healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed by your dentist. The swelling typically subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed by your dentist. Call the office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food in the days following the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable or otherwise directed.
After a few days you should feel back to normal and can resume your daily activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955.