|A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone that is damaged beyond repair.
Why Are Teeth Extracted?
|Periodontally diseased ("gum and bone disease")
|Fractured in such a way that it is impossible or impractical to repair
| Badly positioned (impacted wisdom teeth)
|Non-functional or poorly functional teeth
Extractions are generally classified as either non-surgical (also known as "simple") or surgical (involving cutting procedures). A simple procedure can quickly become a surgical procedure if the tooth fractures or refuses to loosen under pressure. We perform these procedures only after making the extraction site(s) profoundly numb.
A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch and growth becomes impossible. This often occurs in wisdom teeth. After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.
What To Expect After Your Tooth Extraction
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure.
- Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well.
- The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress.
- The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. This is normal as well as the corners of your mouth becoming dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery.
In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with Dr. Palani within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.
Following tooth extraction you may experience bleeding, oozing, soreness, or moderate to severe pain.
Bleeding should stop by 8-12 hours following the extraction. If you experience significant bleeding past this time please call our office immediately. Oozing of pink fluid for 1-2 days is normal.
Discomfort following the tooth extraction is best managed with a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve. If you experience severe pain that lasts more than 2-3 days after your extraction please call our office.
Healing should be as smooth as possible following tooth extraction. It is important to disturb the extraction site as little as possible. Remember to eat a soft diet for 24 hours following the extraction. Avoid vigorously rinsing with any type of liquid for the first 24 hours.
After 24 hours rinse with strong warm salt water for 1 minute a couple of times daily for 3-4 days. This will reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and will promote better healing.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us.