Tooth Extraction

We know that you may have questions about your upcoming tooth extraction (removal), so we wanted to explain the extraction process and give you some instructions for after the extraction.

Before we extract the tooth, we will give you an anesthetic so you will be comfortable. Your mouth will be numb for a few hours after the extraction, so be careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue.

After the extraction, you may have some bleeding. We will pack the extraction site with gauze to help stop the bleeding and so a blood clot can form, which is an important part of the healing process. Your bone will heal through the formation of the blood clot. If the blood clot does not form, you should call the office immediately so that I can place a dressing in the socket and reduce any pain. Avoid disturbing the clot at the extraction site. Do not suck it or touch it. Minor bleeding is normal, but heavy bleeding is not. If you have heavy bleeding, call me as soon as possible.

You should avoid the following activities for 24 hours following the extraction:

  • Smoking
  • Rinsing your mouth vigorously
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Alcohol (including mouthwash that has alcohol)
  • Strenuous activity

You may carefully brush and floss your teeth except for the ones next to the healing tooth socket. After 24 hours, you can clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket. You may also gently rinse your mouth with half a teaspoon salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Take any medication that the doctor may prescribe. You can also eat soft, healthy foods and drink lots of liquids. If you have stitches that must be removed, we will schedule a follow-up appointment.

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