In some cases, it may be determined that removing a tooth is in the best interest of your oral health. There are many reasons to have a tooth removed, including severe tooth decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment. At All About Smiles, we strive to make the tooth extraction process as easy as possible so that the patient can focus on improving their oral health after the procedure.
The first step of any tooth extraction is to treat the tooth and the area that surrounds it with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, you are likely to feel pressure, but not pain. Once the procedure is complete, it is critical that a blood clot is formed at the extraction site as quickly as possible. This is done by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. Once formed, the blood clot should not be disturbed in any fashion. In order to prevent this from happening, the patient will be instructed to refrain from using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and partaking in heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Many patients experience some mild to moderate pain after the anesthesia wears off. This can typically be addressed with over-the-counter painkillers. We also advise patients to use an ice pack on their outer cheek closest to the extraction site as a way of reducing swelling. Generally, patients are able to continue with their normal brushing and flossing practices just 24 hours after the procedure. If the patient experiences intense pain or excessive bleeding at any time after the extraction, they should contact our office immediately.
In addition to general teeth extractions, All About Smiles also provides wisdom teeth removals. Wisdom teeth, which are also called the third molars, typically start to emerge when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth are most often removed because of the limited amount of space that is available for them inside the mouth. Additionally, wisdom teeth tend to grow at a severe angle, and their development can cause serious oral health problems and crowding issues for other teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth extractions or wisdom teeth removal and the post-op care that is provided, please call us at (479) 621-9700 to schedule an appointment.