When a tooth becomes severely damaged or is causing problems for other teeth, it may be necessary to conduct a tooth extraction. There are many reasons for extractions including severe tooth decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment. At 32nd Street Dental, we work to make the tooth extraction process as easy as possible for patients so that they can focus on improving their oral health after the procedure.
After the tooth has been removed, the immediate concern is to form a blood clot at the extraction site. This initiates the healing process. A blood clot can be formed very effectively by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. Once the blood clot has formed, the patient must be careful not disturb it in any way. This means avoiding using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
It is common for patients to experience some pain once their anesthesia wears off. This can usually be addressed with over-the-counter painkillers. Patients should also use an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site in order to reduce swelling. In most cases, patients can continue with their normal brushing and flossing practices just 24 hours after the procedure. Should the patient experience intense pain or uncontrollable bleeding at any time, they should contact our office as quickly as possible.
In addition to regular tooth extractions, 32nd Street Dental also conducts wisdom teeth removals. Wisdom teeth, which are also called third molars, usually develop when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. The vast majority of people will need their wisdom teeth removed due to the limited amount of space available for them inside the mouth and the severe angle at which they often grow.
If you would like to learn more about teeth extractions or wisdom teeth removal and the associated post-op care, please call us at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.