It may be determined that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced periodontal disease or are broken in a way that does not allow for their restoration. Finally, some teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, Dr. Kozinn will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth and the tissues that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel some pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know right away.
Some bleeding or oozing may occur. Placing a piece of gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 30 minutes can control this.
Blood Clots That Form In The Empty Socket
This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
- Avoid use of a straw, smoking, or drinking hot liquids.
If swelling occurs, you can place ice on the affected area of your face, alternating placement and removal every twenty minutes. This cycle may be repeated as necessary for up to 24 hours.
Pain & Medications
If you experience pain, you might use non-prescription pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If the pain is more severe, the doctor can prescribe something stronger.
After a tooth has been extracted ther e will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. In 1- 2 weeks you should notice that gum tissue has covered the exposed areas of the extraction site. The underlying bone will slowly fill in the socket. This process occurs from the bottom up and takes approximately six months for complete bone fill to occur.