When do I need an Extraction?
When there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired due to decay, disease or trauma, the tooth may need to be “pulled” — or extracted — from its socket in the bone.
What to expect during a Surgical Extraction?
A surgical extraction is a slightly more complex procedure that occurs when a tooth has not yet broken through the gum line, or has not yet fully grown into the mouth. When a surgical extraction is needed, Dr. Thodas or Tran makes a small incision into your gum in order to access the affected tooth. From here, the procedure is similar to a simple extraction. A stitch may be placed on the incision site if necessary.
What happens after the oral surgery?
After the extraction you will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze for 20-30 minutes. This pressure helps to form a blood clot in the extraction site, a crucial part of the healing process. Be careful not to dislodge the clot.
It is common to have a small amount of bleeding 24 hours after surgery. We will provide you with detailed instructions after your procedure, but here are some important things to remember:
Medications and Pain Management
- Take pain medication as prescribed and recommended by Drs. Thodas or Tran
- Research has shown that taking anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil and Motrin (NSAIDs) greatly decrease pain after an extraction
- Using an ice pack on your jaw can reduce swelling. 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off is standard for the first 24 hours. A warm compress can be used if your jaw is sore after the swelling has gone down
Eating and Drinking
- Eat soft and cool foods for the first few days
- Avoid hot foods and alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours
- Chew food away from the extraction site
- Do not use a straw or spit after surgery. This can cause the blood cut to dislodge, greatly delaying healing
Brushing and Cleaning
- Avoid brushing the area around the extraction site for the first 24 hours
- Avoid using mouth rinses – they can irritate the extraction site
- 24 hours after surgery you can rinse with warm salt water after each meal and before bedtime (1/2 teaspoon in one cup of warm water)
The extraction site will generally close up in about 2 weeks time, but it can take three to six months for the bone and soft tissue to regrow. Remember, tooth extraction is a common procedure and our caring team has years of experience helping patients through this easy treatment.