WHY ARE TEETH EXTRACTED?
Unfortunately, sometimes decay or trauma has done so much damage to a tooth that removal is your only option.
This can be performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth and can be removed using local anesthetic and instruments design to grab and elevate the visible portion of the tooth.
We will then send you home with post-operative instructions for care and prescriptions for any necessary medications, you will want to take it easy for about 24 hours after this procedure.
What to Do After A Tooth Extraction:
Day of Surgery: Only drink clear liquids.
Next Day: Soft diet.
Third Day: Resume your normal diet.
After a tooth is pulled, we want to see the blood clot and the bleeding stop so you can begin to heal.
Biting on the gauze pad that we sent you out with for 20 minutes after the extraction helps us accomplish this.
If bleeding or oozing continues after you remove the gauze pad, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another thirty minutes.
There may be light pink bleeding for two days post surgery. If there is bright red bleeding please call us.
Note: After the blood clot forms, it is important to protect it, especially for the next 3 days.
Do not expectorate (spit).
Rinse your mouth vigorously by swishing.
Do not perform strenuous physical activity for the first 24 hours.
For the first 24 hours do not brush next to the extraction site and remember not to expectorate excess toothpaste or swish vigorously.
You may gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to promote healing and resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours.
Some swelling and soreness are normal.
You may use an ice bag to minimize swelling for the first 2 days.
Use pain medication only as directed and contact us if there are any concerns.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
Avoid grainy foods or seeds.
Do not use alcoholic beverages and avoid hot and spicy foods.
Eat soft foods on the second day.
Including: mashed potatoes, bananas, yogurt, pasta, eggs, etc.