Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed, such as; too badly damaged or broken from trauma or decay, infection or periodontal (Gum) Disease (mobile teeth).
It is very important that you would provide your dentist will complete list of your medical conditions, medications, and your primary physician contact information.
What to Expect With Tooth Extraction
We will explained all the causes and reasoning behind on recommendation for the extraction. After your agreement, we will first inject a local anesthetic and numb the area, and the tooth is extracted. In the case of severe cavities or broken teeth, the dentist may need to take more steps to extract the tooth.
Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Like most other procedures, tooth extraction is not free of possible complications. You should be aware that there is a slight chance of infection, tenderness, prolonged bleeding, dry socket and loosening of neighboring teeth or their fillings or crowns. Another rare possibility is of an upper tooth getting displaced into the sinus. Lastly, jaw fracture and temporary or permanent numbness is also very rare possibilities.
What to Expect After the Extraction
Recovery typically takes a few days. The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery: take the prescribed medications, apply ice with 15 min intervals, limited physical activity for the next two day, no use of straw, do not smoke, soft food for 5 days, and do not brush the area for 3 days.
The pain and swelling might last 2 or 3 days. However, if you still have these S/S, please call our office to visit us for a follow up visit.