At Alsbury Dental, our first priority will always be to help restore and preserve your natural teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes tooth extractions becomes necessary because of disease, trauma or crowding.
In cases when a tooth must be removed or “pulled,” whether due to tooth necrosis, infection, crowding, or impaction, we perform tooth extractions in our office. You can feel confident that our team, whom you know and trust, will take excellent care of you. Our team of professionals will strive to ensure your comfort before, during and after your extraction. Should you suffer from dental anxiety and want sedation, please ask.
Care Instructions for Tooth Extractions
The dentist may place a gauze pack on the extraction site after the procedure. It should be left in place for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave and you will need to avoid chewing on it. The gauze will limit bleeding and help a blood clot form, which is a necessary step in the healing process. If you experience bleeding after the pack is removed, you can fold a clean gauze into a pad and dampen it with clean, warm water and apply it to the extraction site. Close your teeth firmly over the pad to apply pressure for another 30 minutes. You can replace the pad if it becomes saturated with blood. If heavy bleeding continues, be sure to call us.
In the normal healing process, a blood clot should form in the tooth socket. You should avoid disturbing that clot, as it is important to your healing. Follow these guidelines to protect the clot and help the healing process:
- Do not drink through a straw or rinse your mouth vigorously for at least 24 hours. Both of these activities create suction in your mouth that can loosen the clot.
- Limit strenuous activity for 24 hours.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
- Do not smoke following surgery.
In some cases the blood clot fails to form or breaks down after forming. This can result in a very painful condition called dry socket that should be reported to us right away for treatment.
Call us immediately if you experience any of the following:
- You develop fever, nausea or vomiting
- You experience pain that gets worse instead of better as time passes
- You experience ongoing pain, swelling or bleeding.
Eating and Drinking Following a Tooth Extraction
Following a tooth extraction, you should drink plenty of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Some food options include; soup (make sure it’s not hot), pudding, yogurt, or applesauce. Do not use a straw, and avoid hot liquids and alcohol. You can begin eating solid foods the next day or as soon as you can chew comfortably. You should try to chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth from the extraction for the first few days. Resume chewing on both sides when it is comfortable for you.