What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction

The tooth removal procedure is carried out by a maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist after numbing the area around the particular tooth with an anesthesia to prevent or reduce pain. The strength of the anesthesia used depends on the type of the tooth to be extracted.  When several or almost all of an individual’s teeth are involved, a general anesthesia is used. What happens after the actual extraction? After a successful extraction of the affected tooth or teeth, the dentist may need to stitch an individual according to the severity of the incision. The individual will bite down on some cotton gauze that is gently placed over the fresh wound to stop the bleeding. Depending on the individual, the extracted tooth can be replaced with a denture, a bridge or simply an implant. Recovery period The recovery period after a tooth extraction can last a few days, but will vary according to the healing capabilities of the patient. The oral surgeon will prescribe painkillers or recommend some to be bought over the counter to help during recovery.  After a day, one will be required to rinse the mouth with warm, salty water a few times a day, as this will help to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Change the gauze pads often, before they get blood-soaked. Take some time to relax after the extraction because increased physical activity may cause increased bleeding. It is advisable to avoid sleeping in a flat position, as this may prolong the bleeding. For further safety and uninterrupted healing, avoid rubbing the wound with your tongue and while brushing, be extremely careful not to disturb the wound. During recovery, an individual will be required to switch to soft foods like gelatin, pudding and soups. As the healing continues, one can introduce more solid foods into the diet. If smoking is a habit, then it will have to be prohibited while healing.  It is always recommended to quit smoking to prevent future dental and health conditions. When is tooth extraction necessary?
  • Serious damage of the teeth
  • A nonfunctional or mal-positioned tooth
  • Extra teeth
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Infection of the tooth caused by weakened immune system
Dr. Peter Hazim is an experienced dentist who can examine your teeth and provide a dental treatment plan for you. Please contact us at (972) 727-5599.   We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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