The thought of having a tooth pulled can create painful thoughts and images. With the help of dental sedation, Dr. Lavi can ensure your tooth extractions will be comfortable and stress-free throughout the procedure so we can restore your oral health while you relax.
Reasons For Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are necessary to prevent further complications and restore your oral health. There are various reasons you may need to have permanent teeth extracted. These include:
- Tooth infection
- Tooth decay
While the thought of undergoing a tooth extraction may be painful, the result will help reduce pain over time and resolve the underlying issue.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Millions of people each year have one or more wisdom teeth removed due to issues such as crowding, pain or an infection, and impaction (can’t break through your gums). Delaying a tooth extraction may lead to further complications that could’ have been prevented with proper treatment. Complications include:
- The spread of infection
- A cyst that can damage bone or gum tissue
- Other teeth may become crooked
Tooth Extraction Procedure in 6 Steps
Prior to the procedure, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Lavi where he’ll examine your oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan. The tooth extraction process can be completed in 6 steps. These include:
- A numbing agent that will be administered and sedation upon request
- Enlarging of the socket to allow for the forceps to grasp the tooth
- Forceps rock the tooth back and forth to loosen the ligament
- After the tooth becomes sufficiently mobile, it will be extracted
- Any infection will be removed and the socket will be cleaned
- After the bleeding has stopped, stitches will close the wound
Your comfort is our number one priority and Dr. Lavi will be checking in with you throughout the procedure to ensure you’re pain-free and at ease. At your request, we can provide you with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV sedation if you have a low pain tolerance or are fearful of dental procedures.
We want to make sure that you have a swift recovery with an excellent outcome. In addition to any recommendations given by Dr. Lavi, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines for the best results. It’s recommended that you:
- Avoid exercise for the first 48 hours after the procedure
- Refrain from smoking or drinking from a straw for 3 days
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours
- Consume only soft foods and liquids for 24 hours
- Apply ice on any swollen areas of your face for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed
- Sleep with your head elevated to decrease swelling
- Avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours
After the procedure, it typically takes six to eight weeks for the extraction site to heal.
Post-surgical Complications Following a Tooth Extraction
After a tooth is extracted, there are a few complications you’ll want to be aware of so you can remedy the situation as needed. These include:
- Shifting teeth – Your remaining teeth may shift to try to fill the gap affecting your alignment and your bite
- Dry socket – A blood clot that forms after an extraction can be prematurely dislodged and form a dry socket
- Nerve injury – An extraction may cause injury to the nerve causing permanent damage
- Delayed healing – Some medications may need to be postponed until the extraction site’s fully healed
- Bite collapse – Removal of several back teeth, can cause the lower jaw to become closer to the upper jaw, changing the bite
- Bone loss – The lack of chewing in the area of the extraction can cause bone loss over time
In order to prevent these complications, Dr. Lavi will recommend a restorative procedure such as a dental implant to replace the missing tooth and restore your natural appearance. Dental implants are a superb solution because they look and feel like your natural teeth. Best of all, they can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
When am I free of the risk of developing a dry socket?
It may take 7 to 10 days for your extraction site to heal. During this time you’re at risk of developing a dry socket. A dry socket occurs when a blood clot prematurely is dislodged or fails to form. Once you’ve healed, you’re no longer at risk of developing a dry socket.
What can I eat following a tooth extraction procedure?
For 24 hours following a tooth extraction, you’ll want to consume soft, cool foods and beverages and chew away from the extraction site. Examples of optional foods and beverages include:
- Protein shakes
- Ice Cream
- Mashed potatoes
After 24 hours, you can reintroduce food into your diet as you tolerate it. You’ll want to stay away from chewy candy, tough meat, chips, popcorn, and nuts for the first week following your procedure.
What do I do if the site of my extraction is infected?
If your tooth is infected following an extraction, it’s important to give us a call right away so we can get to the root of the problem. Signs that indicate you may have an infection include:
- Bad breath
- Bitter taste in your mouth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling in the gums, neck, or jaw
Dealing with the infection in a timely manner can help prevent further complications.
How long will I feel pain from a tooth extraction?
Unless there’s a complication, pain should subside within a few days. Any discomfort you experience can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and a cold compress. The key to a swift recovery is to protect the clot that forms over the extraction site. This will help to prevent dry sockets from forming which will prolong the recovery process.