Having natural teeth is great for being able to bite, chew, and maintain mouth and jawbone structure. That’s why the Dental Team in Brookfield, CT’s first priority will be to help repair, save, and restore your natural teeth. Sometimes though, an extraction is necessary.
The Dental Team will make sure you’re comfortable during the extraction process using local anesthetics. They can also answer any questions you might have and help you feel comfortable during the procedure.
Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a tooth because of trauma, disease, or decay. Having a tooth pulled out is called an extraction. When an extraction becomes necessary, changes will happen in your mouth afterward. The dentist at the Dental Team will make sure you’re well informed on how to help your mouth heal, how to minimize complications, and how to be more comfortable in general.
Before the extraction happens, the dentist will give you an anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. Your mouth is going to be numb for a few hours after. During this time, you want to make sure you aren’t biting your lips, cheek, or your tongue. Avoiding eating foods that will require you to chew while you’re waiting for the numbness to wear off.
Usually, a dentist will put a piece of gauze in the extraction area for helping to minimize bleeding. This also helps blood clots to form, which is completely natural for the healing process. The gauze should be kept in your mouth for at least 30 minutes once you leave your dentist’s office. Don’t chew on the pack. You might still bleed for a little bit after the pack is taken off. You can fold a new piece of gauze and bite on it. Avoid sucking on the extraction area or disturbing it with your tongue.
Once the tooth is gone, you might notice some discomfort or some swelling. This is completely normal. Try using an ice pack or cold, moist cloth to minimize the amount of pain that you’ll endure. Your dentist might give you instructions on using a cold compress.
Call the dentist if you notice fever, nausea, vomiting, consistent severe pain, swelling or bleeding, or pain that gets worse instead of better over time.