Our goal at Serene Dental Aesthetics is to maintain oral health by keeping your mouth and teeth healthy in the hope that extracting or pulling a permanent tooth is not needed.
However, there are times when a tooth is considered non-restorable and needs to be extracted. This can include times when:
The tooth is too badly damaged from trauma or decay.
Teeth cannot be restored with root canal therapy or if root canaled teeth have failed and cannot be retreated.
There is severe bone loss or loose teeth from periodontal disease, as these often need to be extracted.
What to Expect When You Get an Extraction
The area where the extraction will occur will be anesthetized fully. You will not feel any pain. It is however common to feel pressure or pushing. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and ligaments and is gently rocked out of place. Some teeth are more difficult to extract and must be cut and removed in pieces. After removal of the tooth, a blood clot forms in the socket and gauze is placed in the mouth for you to bite on to stop the bleeding. If stitches are needed they usually dissolve on their own.
After an Extraction
Recovery from an extraction is different for every individual. Typically, recovery is just a few days up to a week. Below is a list to aid in recovery, minimizing discomfort and risk of infection.
- Take pain medication as prescribed
- Bite firmly on the gauze placed at site to assist clot formation for 1 hour. Change it out with new gauze if it is soaked.
- Apply ice to the area 10 minutes at a time to keep swelling minimal.
- Relax for the first 24 hours after extraction.
- After 24 hours rinse mouth with saltwater. A teaspoon of salt in glass of water. Rinse after eating and before bed.
- Do not drink from a straw for 24 to 48 hours.
- Do not smoke. This delays healing and can increase risk of dry socket.
- Eat soft foods and gradually add more solid foods as extraction site heals.
- Laying flat may prolong bleeding so prop your head up with pillows the first night.
- Brush and floss your teeth normally but be gentle near the extraction site.
It is always important to replace missing teeth. Overtime the adjacent teeth to an extraction site will shift and move, affecting your bite and making it difficult to chew. See our sections discussing bridges and dentures for information on ways to replace missing teeth.
Serene Dental Aesthetics proudly serves the communities of Katy, Sugarland, Richmond, and Long Meadow Farms. If you would like to schedule an appointment, fill out our form online or call us at 281-232-8300.