In certain cases, the dental care experts at Admire Dental Southgate may determine that removing a tooth is in the best interest of your oral health. Patients have teeth removed for many reasons, including severe decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment.
The first step in removing a tooth consists of applying a local anesthetic to the tooth and the areas that surround it. This is done to prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the procedure. Once the patient is ready, the actual extraction will take place. During this time, the patient will usually feel some pressure in the area, but no pain. Larger teeth may need to be cut into multiple sections prior to their removal.
After the extraction has been completed, it is very important to form a blood clot as quickly as possible in order for the healing process can begin. This is done by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. Once the blood clot has been formed, the patient must be very careful not to disturb it. Patients are advised to refrain from using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, intense exercise, and drug and alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours.
It is common for the patient to experience some mild to moderate pain after the anesthetic wears off. We will prescribe a painkiller if necessary, or recommend over-the-counter medication. It is also recommended that patients use an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site to reduce swelling. The patient will usually be able to resume their normal eating, brushing and flossing activities just 24 hours after the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about teeth extractions, please contact us at (734) 441-0200 to schedule an appointment.