Our goal as dentists is to preserve our patient's natural teeth whenever possible. Nonetheless, a tooth extraction is recommended in situations when decay extends deep below the gum, a tooth is cracked or has substantial bone loss and/or periodontal disease, or an infection that can't be resolved.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction
The tooth extraction procedure will be depend on each patient’s unique needs. The treatment is usually an efficient and simple one, and we will make every effort to provide you with a comfortable experience.
Since every patient is unique and specific needs vary, not all tooth extraction procedures are identical. After assessing your radiographs and carrying out a comprehensive clinical examination, we will go over all aspects of the recommended treatment with you so you will know what is expected during the procedure, and provide you with detailed instructions to ensure a comfortable post-operative healing period. Sometimes, we will recommend bone grafting at the time of tooth removal in order to prevent a collapse of the site for future implant placement.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
At the time of your appointment, we will provide you with comprehensive written and oral aftercare instructions. Some of the most important guidelines are as follows:
- If you are prescribed medication, take it as instructed.
- Use cold compresses or ice packs to minimize any swelling you experience.
- Get plenty of rest and keep your head elevated when you are resting. Do not overexert yourself or exercise in the days following your extraction.
- Eat soft foods for the first few days after the procedure.
- Use a toothbrush and follow all home care instructions until the site has finished healing.
- 2 days after extraction, rinse with saltwater after your extraction to clean the area and promote healing.