A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. Extraction

Before removing your tooth, we will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Nitrous Oxide is available as well to help relieve anxiety and help you relax during the procedure.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. A bridge is a replacement for one or more (but not all) of the teeth and may be permanent or removable.

What To Expect After Surgery

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:

  • Bite on gauze pads for 45 minutes and change if they become soaked with blood.
  • Take painkillers and/or antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (237 mL)] of warm water.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking out of a straw, and forceful spitting.  Any negative pressure in the mouth can cause delayed healing.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.  Chew on the opposite side if possible.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. We will inform you if stitches are needed and any other pertinent post-op instructions.

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