Your dentist and Dr. Kilkuts may determine that a tooth needs to be removed for a number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, broken, or are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The Extraction Process

During the extraction, you may feel a little pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. A local anesthetic is given to numb up the area where the tooth is being removed.  

Sectioning a tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. 

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol for one week after the extraction.  These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Apply an ice pack for 36 hours after the extraction (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off).  The swelling usually subsides after 3-4 days.  Take pain medication as directed.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time.  Drink clear fluids like Jello, Gatorade of Apple Juice as soon as you get home.  An hour after drinking the clear fluids, start eating soft foods like ice cream, yogurt or smoothies.  After the numbness wears off, you can eat soft foods such as macaroni, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, fish, ground beef, pasta, etc.

The day after surgery, you may brush your teeth, but avoid the extraction area. Rinsing with warm salt water twice a day is also advised for one week post-op, this will help the extraction site area heal quicker.