An extraction is a removal of a tooth from the socket of the bone. Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted due to the following reasons:

  • Wisdom teeth that are becoming painful or causing problems with your other teeth
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • A tooth that has fractured into the root or is infected
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Severe decay

The choice to extract a tooth is usually last resort treatment. However, if it is necessary, Dr. Curtis, Marchuk, Olson, or Henderson use great care and have many years of experience to remove any teeth if necessary. The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Curtis, Marchuk, Olson, or Henderson will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth. Dental implants and Dentures are two options to restore your ability to eat and to restore your smile.

After Tooth Extraction

Elevate your head, even while sleeping. You can control swelling with ice packs—apply no more than 15-20 minutes every hour.

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Some bleeding is normal, however. Gently press a gauze pad over the extraction to minimize bleeding.  Sometime within an hour after your surgery, a blood clot began to form.  The clot provides structure for the new tissue and bone after surgery. Please avoid chewing on it, brushing it, or even rinsing right away. Do not use straws and do not smoke, both of which could displace the clot and potentially cause a lot of pain.

A bit of soreness is expected, but if pain seems particularly intense, please call the office immediately. Otherwise, if we have prescribed pain medication, take it as directed. Be sure to follow instructions for antibiotics precisely, and take them until they are completely gone.

Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.