A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone.
Our office is very selective about what extractions we do. If the doctor feels like a tooth is something that she cannot remove we will refer you to the oral surgeon.
A tooth may have to be extracted for a number of reasons:
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 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.
PAIN 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.