An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Post-Op Instructions for Extractions

After a tooth extraction, a blood clot usually forms in the extracted tooth’s socket to stop bleeding and to protect the exposed jaw bone. If the clot becomes dislodged or does not form, the site is called a dry socket, which is usually painful. If you have a dry socket, please call our office immediately. Usually, a medicated dressing will be placed on the dry socket by our doctor until the healing process can begin.

Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been put over the extraction site for one hour. Applying pressure for this extended period of time should stop the bleeding. If not, contact your dentist immediately. You may experience some pain, bruising and swelling; ice and medication prescribed for you will help to minimize your discomfort.

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction.
  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Do not use a straw for drinking.
  • Do not drink carbonated beverages.
  • Do not brush on the day of the surgery; you can gently resume your brushing and flossing the day after.
  • Do not vigorously exercise after the extraction.
  • Eat only soft foods for about two or three days.

Instructions for various surgical treatments will have some unique directions, which will be supplied to you at the time of your treatment. Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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