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There are several reasons to extract a tooth including tooth decay with abscess, broken tooth, or periodontal disease. Removing the tooth can help keep the infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth.

First, a local anesthesia will be used to numb the area. After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The dental extraction recovery process lasts only a few days.

The following will help speed your recovery process:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack outside of your mouth to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Eat soft foods such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the healing process progresses.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to drink.
  • Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours immediately after a tooth extraction.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking or using chewing tobacco delays healing and reduces your ability to fight infection in your gums. If you do smoke, the sucking motion of inhaling may loosen or dislodge the blood clot that is important for healing.

After an extraction a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. The clot protects the bone while the healing process continues. If that blood clot is loosened or dislodged, you may have a dry socket in which the bone is exposed. Dry sockets may start after several days and may cause severe pain that sometimes includes ear pain. Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

How is Dry Socket Treated?

You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort. If these over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to relieve the pain, your dentist may prescribe a stronger drug or will anesthetize the area.

The dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a special paste to promote healing. You will probably have to come back to the dentist’s office every day to repeat the procedure until the socket starts to heal and your pain lessens. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent the socket from becoming infected. To care for the dry socket, the dentist may recommend that you rinse salt water or a special mouthwash daily.

Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. A clot will usually form within one hour.

If bleeding continues, place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area to control the flow of blood. If bleeding persists, you may try soaking a tea bag in water, placing it inside a thin gauze pad, and apply pressure for one hour. The tea leaves contain minerals which may aid in the clotting procedure.

The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, denture, or bridge.

IMPORTANT:  Please remember that your health conditions, any medications you take, and the complexity of the extraction may affect this service. The dentist will gladly discuss circumstances that affect the availability of extractions on a same-day basis.

Call  Urgent Dental Care  at 314-423-0000 for an appointment.

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