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How do tooth extractions work?

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When you have a tooth that is broken or decayed, you want the pain to stop. If it cannot be repaired, a tooth removal may be required. Outdoor Dental in Seton, Calgary SE can fix the problem, stop the pain, and get your oral health back to normal by removing the damaged tooth.

A tooth extraction is when the tooth is removed from the socket in the bone. You may need a tooth removal if:

1. the tooth is infected
2. the tooth is badly decayed or
3. the tooth is damaged from trauma beyond repair

If your mouth is overcrowded, which prevents your teeth from properly aligning.For a tooth removal, the dentist will provide you sedation so you don’t feel any pain. After the tooth is removed, a blood clot will form in the socket, which will be dressed with gauze to help stop the bleeding.

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After your tooth extraction

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To ensure that your tooth extraction heals successfully, follow these instructions from Seton family dentist, Dr. Jay Patel, carefully.

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you have:

  • Heavy or increased bleeding
  • Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond 2-3 days
  • A bad taste or odour in your mouth
  • A reaction to the medication
  • Marked fever


During the first 24 hours

It is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed healing. To protect the clot and avoid the pain of a dry socket:

  • Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 20-45 minutes. Blood and saliva mix in the mouth and make it look like there is more bleeding than there really is. Some oozing is normal; however, after 1 hour, repeat with a clean gauze pad if oozing is profuse. The site could ooze for as long as 24 hours.
  • Don’t spit, and don’t suck on candies or through a straw.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth, and don’t brush or floss next to the site.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Avoid tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows healing.
  • Don’t sneeze or cough. Have sinus or allergy medication on hand if necessary.
  • Limit yourself to calm activities and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to reduce bleeding.
  • Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks. Also avoid hot or spicy foods.

To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended for 3-5 days.

To keep swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

The numbness will last 2-4 hours. Once it has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite side.


After the first 24 hours

Begin to eat normally as soon as it’s comfortable.

Resume brushing and flossing, but clean gently around the site for about a week.

If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

Reduce soreness and swelling, by applying moist heat. Swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours.

Further reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth very gently with warm salt water after 3 days. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Rinse 2 to 3 times a day for the week following the extraction.

If you have sutures, they will dissolve on their own in 2-3 weeks. If required, you may visit the office to have them removed after 2 weeks.

Dry Socket: Can occur if the clot is dissolved and lost prematurely. This usually happens around day 3-5. Pain and throbbing will occur and usually will resolve without intervention in 3-5 days. Call the office if there’s still pain after day 5.

Bone: You may feel a piece of bone work its way out of your gums. This is normal, call the office if you are concerned.

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is not intended to serve as medical advice. An appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for any pa ent can be made only by visiting your dentist, physician, or group of doctors. Dr. Jay Patel at Outdoor Dental shall have no liability or responsibility to any individual with respect to loss or damage directly or indirectly caused or alleged by the information contained in this website or obtained from other websites to which a visitor may connect and view. Outdoor Dental, a Calgary SE Seton Dental Clinic, provides family dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment op ons, restorative dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ), dental implants, dentures, snoring & sleep apnea solutions, oral health prevention, periodontal gum care, sedation treatments, and orthodontics. Besides Seton, we proudly serve southeast SE Calgary communities such as: Mahogany, New Brighton, Auburn Bay, Chaparral, and Cranston.
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