Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure to remove one or more teeth from the mouth. The teeth may be removed for various reasons, including decay, gum disease, or trauma. The extracted tooth can be replaced with an artificial tooth, such as a crown or dental implant, or the space can heal naturally. Here's what you need to know about tooth extraction, from what to expect during the procedure to how to care for your mouth afterward.
The dentist will then use a pair of forceps to remove it from the mouth. The forceps are a type of pliers that are specifically designed to grip and remove teeth. After tooth extraction, the dentist will clean the area and may place a gauze pad over the socket to help control bleeding. The extraction site will most likely heal within a week or two.
After tooth extraction, taking care of the space left behind is important. Usually, a blood clot forms in the socket to help protect the bone and nerve endings while they heal. Make sure not to disturb this blood clot, as it can lead to pain, bleeding, and infection.
For this reason, please avoid smoking or drinking through a straw at least 24 hours after the procedure. Eating soft foods and avoiding hard or crunchy foods can also help to prevent dislodging the blood clot.
It's normal to experience some bleeding and soreness for a few days. Here's what you can do during the healing process:
Bleeding: You can expect some bleeding for the first few hours after your tooth is extracted. To help control the bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad placed over the extraction site. Apply gentle pressure for 30-45 minutes. You may need to replace the gauze several times before the bleeding stops completely.
Swelling: Some swelling is also normal after an extraction. To help reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes. Do this as often as needed for the first 24-48 hours after your procedure.
Pain: You may experience pain or discomfort after tooth extraction. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage any discomfort you're experiencing. If you're still in pain after 48 hours, contact your dentist for additional recommendations.