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Tooth Extraction       

Tooth extraction is the surgical removal of a tooth from the mouth.

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Common Reasons for Extracting the Teeth

  • Severe Tooth Decay is the most significant cause of tooth loss in children
  • Advanced Gum Disease is the major motive of tooth removal in adult
  • Fracture or break a tooth by accident
  • Wisdom tooth removal if infected or not having enough space (impacted wisdom teeth)
  • Removing the tooth can help keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth
  • In preparation for braces or orthodontic treatment

What to do Before Tooth Extraction

Alcohol Restrictions
  • Alcohol should be discontinued  before and following the surgical procedure.
Transport to and from the Appointment
  • When a general anesthetic or light sedation is used, the patient should not drive. Plans for someone to accompany and assist the patient should be made.
The Night Before the Appointment
  • A good night rest is advocated.
Personal Items
  • The clothing worn should be loose and comfortable. The sleeves should be easily drawn up over the elbows.
Contact Lenses and Dentures
  • You will be asked to remove contact lenses and dentures, and should bring containers for their safe keeping.

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Overview of Tooth Removal

Simple Tooth Extraction
  • Perform on teeth that are visible in the mouth.
  • Complete usually under local anesthesia to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
  • Require only the use of instruments to lift and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth (dental elevators and forceps).
  • You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad to help stop the bleeding.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
  • Involve the teeth that cannot be easily accessed (the Wisdom Tooth).
  • The teeth are broken under the gum line.
  • The teeth have not erupted fully.
  • The soft tissues covering the tooth may be elevated.
  • Surrounding and overlying bone tissue could also be removed.
  • The tooth may be split into several pieces to ease its release.
  • A stronger, general anesthesia may be used, especially if several or many of your teeth need to be extracted.
  • You may need stitches after the tooth is removed.
  • You can firmly bite down on a cotton gauze pack placed over the surgical area to help stop the bleeding.
  • The dentist will take out the stitches a few days after.

What to do After Tooth Extraction

Recovery period usually lasts only a few days.
The following will help Speed Recovery:
  • Bite firmly the gauze pack over the surgical area for, at least, 1/2 hour; then discard it gently.
  • Do not spit, or suck through a straw, since this will promote bleeding.
  • Start taking your pain pills before the numbing medication has worn off.
  • Do  not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for the first 12 hours after the surgical appointment. Then use warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup [4 ounces] of warm water) after tooth-brushing and every 2 hours.
  • DO NOT SMOKE for 24 hours after surgery because this will cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
  • Get plenty of rest; at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Avoid strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours, and keep the mouth from excessive movement.
  • Use a liquid or soft diet high in protein.
  • Drink a large volume of water and fruit juices.
  • Do not drink through a straw because this may promote bleeding.

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Aleksandr V. Melekhin, DDS


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