We like to maintain and conserve of every single teeth but not all of the teeth can be saved. There are many reason we cannot conserve the teeth. Extensive caries or decayed teeth, gum disease, tooth fracture, and etc. can lead more serious problem if we keep the teeth in our mouth. It will develop to abscess, cyst, granuloma, or even serious infection that can threat our life. When we wait there are more disadvantage factors than the advantage factor exodontia or tooth extraction is needed.
What to expect during the treatment
We check your medical history thoroughly before doing the treatment. If you have serious chronic illness such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, kidney disorder, heart attack, and another systemic disease please inform us beforehand. At first we will administer local anesthetic, extract the teeth, giving post treatment instruction, and prescription.
What to expect after the treatment
You will feel numbness for several hours
There may be blood leaking from the gum scar in 48 hours after exodontia
Uncomfortable feeling like pain and swelling
After You've Had a Tooth Pulled
- Do not disturb the area for 24 hours
- When you leave the office, you might be biting on a gauze pad to control bleeding. Keep slight pressure on this gauze for at least 30 minutes. Don't change it during this time; it needs to remain undisturbed while a clot forms in the extraction socket. After 30 minutes you may remove it. You may bite on another gauze or a tea bag for another 30 minutes if you feel it is still bleeding. Small amounts of blood in the saliva can make your saliva appear quite red. This is normal and may be noticed the rest of the day after the procedure.
- Smoking should be stopped following surgery
- Take medications you have had prescribed as instructed
- Applying an ice bag to the face over the operated area will minimize swelling. Apply for 10 minutes, and then remove for 10 minutes. Continue this for the first day.
- Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After this, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the area of surgery for 3 days.
- Avoid all rinsing or swishing for 24 hours after extraction. Rinsing can disturb the formation of a healing blood clot which is essential to proper healing. This could cause bleeding and risk of dry socket.
- Eat soft foods for the first two days. Maintain a good, balanced diet. Return to normal regular meals as soon as you are able after the first two days.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours.
- If your sinus was involved in the procedure, you should avoid blowing your nose or playing a wind musical instrument for one week.
- You may need to return to the office to have sutures removed, or just for a brief follow-up healing check.
- Please call your dentist if you have:
- uncontrollable pain
- excessive or severe bleeding
- marked fever
- excessive warm swelling occurring a few days after the procedure
- reactions to medications, especially rash, itching, or breathing problems