Tooth extraction involves a relatively simple procedure that’s unlikely to take much more than 5 minutes per tooth, with a little extra time being required before the procedure for preparation and after the procedure to ensure that area is properly treated.
The start of the procedure will involve administering the numbing medication that’ll enable you to stay comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, the dentist will start trying to loosen the tooth from the socket. You’ll feel pressure as the tooth is rocked back and forth in the socket, but there won’t be any pain. After the tooth has been loosened, it’ll be pulled out.
After the extraction, you’ll be provided with padding to stop the bleeding, and one or two stitches may also be required to encourage healing. Once your dentist has provided you with advice on aftercare, you’ll be able to return home. In instances where a general anesthetic has been used during the procedure, your dentist will advise you to rest for a short while before having a friend or member of your family drive you home.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth are not as ready to come out as others, and in these instances, sectioning is required to extract the tooth. This process is almost as simple as straightforward extraction, but the tooth is first cut into a number of sections, before each of the sections is removed.
After the sectioning, the rest of the procedure will continue in much the same way as a standard extraction, and you’ll be able to return home shortly after the procedure has finished.
Recovery After the Procedure
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, and whether you were under general anesthetic, recovery after the tooth extraction will change slightly. For standard extractions, the recovery time is just 24 hours, meaning that you should be able to resume your daily activities as normal the next day. For complicated extractions, recovery may take two or three days – it all depends on how you feel.
Immediately and in the hours following the procedure, you may find that there’s some bleeding, soreness and possibly swelling. As the area heals, blood clots will also start to form inside of the empty socket; this is a crucial part of the healing process, and in cases where the blood clot is disturbed or fails to form, a problem known as dry socket, recovery time may be slightly longer, and the experience can be painful.
Many people find that standard pain medication is enough to handle the discomfort during recovery, although in some instances, prescription pain medication may be required. Additional care, such as using an icepack to help reduce swelling, can also help with a more comfortable recovery after the procedure.
How to Care for Your Mouth After Extractions
The first 24 hours after the procedure and the days following are very important for recovery. There are a number of precautions that you should take at home to aid recovery, including:
Foods that require chewing are often advised against for 24 hours after a tooth extraction, as they could delay healing. After the 24 hours is up, chewable foods can be introduced slowly. It’s advised to chew the food on the opposite side of the mouth to where the tooth was extracted.
Hot liquids and alcohol are best to avoid after a tooth extraction, at least for the first 24 hours. It’s also beneficial to recovery to avoid using straws for at least 24 hours, as the suction could cause problems.
Smoking should be avoided for as long as possible after a tooth extraction. It’s best to avoid smoking for at least the remainder of the day after the tooth extraction.
You should steer clear of brushing the area around the extraction for the first day, and then brush carefully for the next few days. Commercial mouth washes should be avoided completely, but after 24 hours, a salt water mixture can be used to rinse the mouth; this can be made by dissolving ½-1 teaspoon of salt in a warm glass of water.
Before you leave after a tooth extraction, your dentist will make sure that you fully understand how to care for your mouth in the days following the procedure, and what you can expect during recovery.
If you have any concerns in the days following a tooth extraction, or if the socket hasn’t healed properly after 1-2 weeks, then please contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center for advice. Follow-up appointments are not always required after a dental extraction, but if you’re worried about the results of the procedure, then it’s best to consult a professional.
Worried About Tooth Extraction? Contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center
Tooth extractions may seem worrying or scary, but at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, you’re in safe hands with our team of experts. From professional consultations to put your mind at ease, to quality treatment from experts that you can rely on to get to the root cause of the problem, we always make sure that you get the best dental treatment in Chicago at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center.
If you’re experiencing severe toothache, or you think that there’s a problem with your teeth, then it’s vital that you contact the friendly team at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center without delay. Either call us directly or book an appointment online and get the treatment that you need to take care of the pain and restore your smile.