In some cases, the dentist may determine that removing a tooth is in the best interest of a patient’s oral health. People receive tooth extractions for many reasons, including severe tooth decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment. At Ferrari Dental, we will work to make the tooth removal process as easy as possible so that patients can focus on improving their oral health after the procedure.
The first step when removing a tooth is to treat the area with a local anesthetic. This is done to numb the tooth, jawbone and gums so that the patient experiences less pain during the extraction process. You will feel pressure during the extraction, but should feel little-to-no pain.
Once the tooth has been safely removed, it is very important to form a blood clot at the extraction site so that the healing process can initiate. This is done by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. After the blood clot has been established, it should not be disturbed in any fashion. The patient will be instructed to avoid using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
When the anesthesia wears off, the patient may experience some mild to moderate pain at the site of the extraction. If needed, we will provide prescription painkillers to address this problem. Patients are also recommended to use an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site as a way of reducing swelling. In most cases, a patient can resume their usual brushing and flossing habits just 24 hours after the procedure has been completed. Should the patient experience intense pain or excessive bleeding, they should contact our office immediately.
If you would like to learn more about the tooth extraction process and the associated post-op care, please call us at (973) 282-8277 to schedule an appointment.