In certain dental situations, the best possible method of treatment is to remove a tooth. There are many reasons for a patient to receive a tooth extraction, including advanced tooth decay, irreparable damage, severe gum disease, poor tooth positioning, and pre-orthodontic treatment.
At Selah Creek Dental, we strive to make the tooth extraction process as easy and hassle-free as possible so patients can focus on improving their oral health after the procedure.
When removing a tooth, the first step is to treat the tooth with a local anesthetic. This numbs the tooth, jawbone, and gums, so the patient experiences less pain during the extraction process. For larger teeth, it may be necessary to cut them into multiple sections before they can be safely removed.
After the tooth has been removed, the immediate goal is to form a blood clot at the extraction site so the healing process can begin. A blood clot is formed by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. Once the blood clot has formed, it is very important not to disturb it in any way. This is done by instructing the patient to avoid using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
The patient may experience some pain at the site of the extraction after the anesthesia wears off. To address this, we will provide prescription painkillers if needed. It is also advised that the patient use an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site in order to reduce swelling. Patients are generally able to resume their normal brushing and flossing habits just 24 hours after the procedure. If the patient experiences intense pain or excessive bleeding at any time, they should contact our office immediately.
If you would like to learn more about teeth extractions and the associated post-op care, please call us to schedule an appointment.