What are Extractions?
We remove your tooth with local anesthetics without any pain. You only feel the moving sensation but you are not going to feel any pain during extractions.
Things to keep in mind after tooth extractions:
- Bite firmly on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Don’t change gauze pads before they before an hour after the extraction.
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
- After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
- Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Do not smoke at least for a week, which can inhibit healing and cause alveolitis.
- Eat soft foods for the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.