Giving your trust to a dentist can make you feel concerned about your overall health, your looks, and the cost.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.