In some situations, it may be in the best interest of a patient’s oral health to have a tooth removed. This type of procedure is most commonly performed when a tooth is causing problems for other teeth or when a tooth has been damaged too severely to be saved. At Thomas & Thomas Dental, we strive to make the tooth extraction process as smooth and as easy as possible so that the patient can focus on improving their oral health after the procedure.
Most patients who undergo a tooth extraction only experience minimal pain, if any; however, it is common to feel some pressure in the extraction site during the procedure. When removing larger teeth, the dentist may make the decision to cut them into smaller pieces prior to their removal. This can help make the extraction safer for the patient.
The immediate goal after extracting a tooth is to form a blood clot at the site of removal. This is done by instructing the patient to bite down on a gauze pad for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Once the blood clot has formed, it must not be disturbed in any way. For this reason, the patient should avoid using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Many patients will experience some swelling in the days following a tooth extraction. This can be addressed by using an ice pack on the outer cheek near the extraction site. In most cases, a patient will be able to continue with their usual brushing and flossing habits just one day following the removal. In the event that a patient experiences intense pain or excessive bleeding, they should contact our office as quickly as possible.
Thomas & Thomas Dental also offers wisdom teeth removal procedures for patients. Wisdom teeth, which are sometimes referred to as the third molars, typically develop when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. While roughly one in five people will end up permanently keeping their wisdom teeth, they are usually removed because of lack of space and the problems they can cause for other teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal procedures are generally more extensive and involved than other types of teeth extractions. A patient will usually require about a week’s worth of recovery time to become fully healed following wisdom teeth removal; however, this length of time can vary depending on how severely the teeth were impacted prior to the procedure. In order to expedite this process, the patient should rest, consume plenty of fluids and chew only soft foods during recovery.
If you would like to learn more about teeth extractions or wisdom tooth removal, please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.