Together with our dentists, you may determine, during your consultation at Belmont Dental Associates, that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, or they are damaged beyond repair. Other teeth may need to be removed because they are poorly positioned in the mouth, are impacted, or to prepare for an orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your ability to chew, the positions of your remaining teeth, and problems with your jaw. These issues can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Lembo and Dr. Jaffin will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement options for the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel some pressure, which is caused when the dentist loosens the tooth using a tool called an elevator, and removes it with a pair of forceps. You will not feel any pain during the process, but you should still let us know if you feel any discomfort.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure which is done when a tooth is too firmly anchored in its socket, or the root is curved, and the socket can’t expand enough for removal. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After a tooth extraction in Haledon and Caldwell, New Jersey, it’s important for a blood clot to form to protect the exposed nerve and bone to aid in the healing process. You will bite down on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the it. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth around the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or rupture the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases your blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or cold compress applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if you still feel discomfort. If you have been prescribed, antibiotics, take them for the length of time prescribed by the doctor, and be sure to take all of your antibiotics as directed. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days, you should be able to resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Haledon 973-790-4494 Caldwell 862-702-3797.