Tooth Extractions in Hillsborough, NJ
For a variety of reasons, Dr. Awad may recommend a tooth extraction. Occasionally, teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken beyond repair.
In addition to poor positioning of teeth (such as impacted teeth), orthodontic treatment may require the removal of other teeth, A single tooth removed can result in problems with your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, all of which can affect your dental health.
Most of the time, Our Doctor will discuss alternatives to extractions and tooth replacement to avoid these complications.
Tooth Extraction Process
Local anesthetic will numb your tooth, jaw bone, and gums surrounding the area before extraction.
You will feel a lot of pressure during the extraction process. The tooth is firmly rocked during the removal process to widen the socket.
Pressure is felt without pain since the anesthetic has numbed the nerves, preventing pain from being transmitted, yet the nerves that transmit pressure remain intact.
Please let us know immediately if you feel any pain during the extraction.
What happens after Tooth Extractions?
For the healing process to begin, a blood clot needs to form after tooth extraction. After your appointment, bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. Continuing to bite firmly for another 30 minutes will stop bleeding or oozing. To stop the blood flow, you may have to repeat this several times.
The blood clot should not be disturbed or dislodged after it forms. For 72 hours, do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth near the extraction site. These activities can dislodge or dissolve the clot and interfere with the healing process. You should limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours to prevent blood pressure from rising and further bleeding after extraction.
There may be some pain and swelling after the tooth is extracted. Swelling can be minimized by applying an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn to the area. As prescribed, take pain medications. After 48 hours, swelling usually subsides.
As directed, take pain medication. Do not hesitate to contact us if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. Regardless of whether signs and symptoms of infection have disappeared, continue to take antibiotics for the indicated period. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the extraction day. You can typically eat as soon as you are comfortable.
After 24 hours, you should resume your normal dental routine. At least once a day, you should brush and floss your teeth. Your mouth will remain fresh and clean as a result of this.
It shouldn’t take you more than a few days to feel better and resume your normal activities. Contact our office immediately if you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, prolonged swelling, or a reaction to the medication.
If you need dental care for a possible tooth extraction, please book an appointment here.