Tooth Extractions

In some cases, having a tooth removed is in your best interest. We work to make tooth extractions as easy as possible so you can focus on recovering quickly.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At Elan Dental, we prioritize preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are instances where a tooth extraction is necessary for long-term oral health. Our extraction procedures focus on removal with minimal discomfort.

After extraction, proper recovery is crucial. We take steps to control bleeding immediately post-procedure, advising patients to gently bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. It’s vital to avoid disturbing this clot for 24 hours to prevent dry socket development, often caused by activities like using straws.

We suggest applying an ice pack to reduce swelling, followed by a warm compress for comfort once swelling subsides. Rinsing with salt water helps maintain cleanliness and promote healing at the extraction site.

digital mockup of a tooth being extracted from bottom row of teeth
  • How do I prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    When you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot develops shortly after the surgery, which is your body beginning the healing process. If this blood clot becomes dislodged before your mouth has fully healed, it can cause pain called a dry socket.

    Six tips for avoiding dry sockets are:

    1. Avoid straws or anything that creates a suction or large movement of air.
    2. Avoid smoking tobacco, as the fast inhalation can dislodge your blood clot, and the chemicals may prevent healing or cause an infection.
    3. Only eat soft foods (applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes) for the first one or two days.
    4. Inquire about any medicines you’re taking to ensure they don’t interact with the healing process.
    5. Use proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean, and consider an antibacterial mouthwash.
    6. Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to improve recovery time.
  • What can I eat after tooth extraction?

    It’s important to stick to soft foods for the first couple of days following your tooth extraction. You don’t want to disturb the blood clot that has formed, so some foods you can eat are:

    • Applesauce
    • Yogurt
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Jello
    • Pudding
    • Ice cream
  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth has sustained significant damage from decay or injury, making it unable to be saved with fillings or crowns.

    Beyond decay and damage, there are other reasons for tooth extraction that may warrant extraction. These include instances such as:

    • Extra teeth obstructing the normal growth of others
    • Baby teeth impeding the eruption of permanent teeth
    • Orthodontic treatment, such as braces
    • Extraction of wisdom teeth, which is a common practice in dental care
    • Medical conditions that may require tooth removal for overall health.
  • How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

    The recovery time from a tooth extraction varies depending on factors such as the complexity of the extraction, the patient’s overall health, and how well they follow post-operative care instructions. In general, most people can expect to recover within a few days to a week. It’s important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for post-operative care to promote healing and minimize complications.

  • Can I drive home after a tooth extraction?

    In most cases, patients are able to drive themselves home after a tooth extraction, especially if local anesthesia was used during the procedure. However, if you received sedation or general anesthesia, it’s important to arrange for someone else to drive you home, as you may be groggy or disoriented afterward.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also request an appointment or see the other services we provide using the links below.

Elan Dental – Rolesville

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Rolesville, NC 27571
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