If you need tooth extractions, Ponte Vedra Family Dentistry can help. Often, a root canal is used to save a tooth from extraction. However, a tooth extraction is necessary for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are experiencing severe tooth decay or tooth infections? Maybe you sustained a tooth injury? Or, perhaps, you need teeth removed for orthodontic treatment.
Regardless of the reason, many patients feel anxious about this dental care procedure. This is why Dr. Perry and his highly trained team are committed to putting you at ease. They ensure you feel as little discomfort as possible.
What to Expect Following a Tooth Extraction
You’ll need special care immediately following an extraction surgery. This includes consistent pressure on the extraction site. There are a few things you can do at home to lessen your discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. Try the following to promote proper healing:
- In the first 24 hours following your dental extraction, make use of the gauze you receive in the dental office. Bite down on it to maintain pressure on the surgical area until the bleeding lessens.
- When you arrive home, keep your head and neck elevated. Reduce your activity level as much as you are able. This helps lessen bleeding after tooth removal.
- After 48 hours, begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Do this every 1-2 hours. Do NOT use mouthwash during this time. Most contain alcohol and will cause irritation at your surgical extraction site.
- Oral hygiene is important. You’ll want to take extra care to keep your mouth clean after having a tooth pulled. Brush carefully around your surgical site. Avoid brushing your sutures.
- Eat carefully and stick to soft foods.
- It’s important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Do NOT use a straw while you are healing (approximately 5-7 days).
- Facial swelling is common. Place ice packs on your face near the extraction site as needed.
- Take your prescribed medications according to the directives you receive from Dr. Perry. If you have a reaction to medication, such as itching or swelling, stop taking the medication. You should also visit the emergency room.
- Refrain from using tobacco products for at least three days. Smoking can lead to painful medical conditions like dry socket.
Once your initial healing period has passed, it will still take time before your extraction site is completely healed. Your sutures may take as little as three days to begin dissolving. Sometimes, it may take as many as 14 days. If your sutures are non-resorbable, Dr. Perry will schedule you for a follow-up appointment for suture removal.
It may take time to get used to the empty socket where you tooth used to be. In time, the socket will begin to fill in with new bone growth and tissue. It will become smoothed over.
Possible Tooth Extraction Complications
Most tooth extractions go smoothly and healing proceeds appropriately. However, it is possible to develop complications, just as with any surgical procedure. Another service examination or treatment in our office could be necessary.
- Bleeding: You will always have bleeding after a tooth extraction. It is completely normal to notice some bleeding or oozing for up to 36 hours after your surgery. If the bleeding becomes excessive, however, you’ll need to take measures to control it. If biting down on gauze doesn’t do the trick, try a moistened tea bag. The tannic acid in tea helps blood vessels contract. If concerning bleeding persists for 48 hours or more, please contact our office.
- Numbness: We numb the area with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your dental extraction. It is possible to remain somewhat numb for up to 12 hours after surgery. This is normal and is not cause for concern.
- Swelling: Swelling is common for up to ten days post-surgery. Using ice packs on your swollen facial areas is helpful in the first 36 hours. After that time, switch to moist heat like a warm washcloth for continued swelling.
- Bone Sequestra (dead tooth fragments): Dr. Perry is usually able to extract the entire tooth structure. However, some patients may have small tooth fragments remaining that could not be surgically removed. These fragments will slowly work through your gums as healing progresses. They may be painful at times. If you experience bone sequestra, please contact our office.
- Difficulty Opening/Closing Your Mouth: This condition, called Trismus, is characterized by jaw pain. It also causes difficulty chewing or swallowing. While it might seem alarming, this is not cause for concern. Some patients’ jaw muscles and jaw bone joints remain sore for up to five days. The condition will dramatically improve on its own without treatment.
- Dry Socket: Dry socket is caused by a blood clot at the extraction site becoming irritated or dislodged before you are completely healed. It causes throbbing pain that increases over time. This requires a visit to our office for treatment. Call your dentist if you think you are experiencing dry socket.
Your Complete Dentistry and Tooth Extraction Needs Near Ponte Vedra
Dr. Perry and his highly trained staff offer a wide variety of oral health and dental services. This includes tooth extractions and post-extraction treatment plans. When you receive dental services here, we treat you like family.
Dr. Perry offers specialized, compassionate care in Ponte Vedra Beach. We are also proud to offer reduced fee service examination to patients with concerns about affording treatment. This is an office policy that the patient will be made aware of if they qualify. Contact us today to learn more.