There are several situations that may require a tooth to be extracted, including dental decay, trauma, fracture, or to aid in the orthodontic process. If you find yourself in the position of needing a tooth extraction, we are here to make the process as easy as possible for you!
What To Expect
- At the beginning of the appointment, local anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth, jaw, and gums in the surrounding area.
- During the extraction process, you will feel a lot of pressure, coming from rocking the tooth to widen the socket for removal.
- Although the pressure can be a strange feeling, you will not feel any pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves.
- After the tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. You will be instructed to bite on a piece of gauze for 30-45 minutes immediately after the extraction is complete. If bleeding or oozing persists, replace the gauze and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. The best way to stop post-operative bleeding is the pressure from the gauze.
- After that initial blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, drink alcohol, or smoke for 72 hours. Limit vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for the next several days, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.