Do you believe you need a tooth extracted? Is severe tooth pain preventing you from concentrating on everyday tasks?
Tooth pain can come from a variety of sources. Dr. Jason Petkevis performs most tooth extractions in the convenience of our Chester Springs dental office near you. When necessary, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions. There are a number of reasons for tooth extraction. Reasons might include teeth that are broken, severely damaged, or affected by decay or disease.
As a highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Petkevis offers a range of natural-looking replacement options for teeth extracted from the smile zone. Leaving an empty socket where a tooth used to be may create more issues for your neighboring teeth. Leaving unaddressed missing teeth can lead to gum disease, tooth cavities, and further tooth loss.
Tooth Extractions in Chester Springs, PA
Tooth extraction is a fairly simple procedure. First, the dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. After the tooth is extracted, the socket will be packed with gauze, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. The gauze should remain in the socket for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Please note: if you experience nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding, contact our office immediately.
To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to a dry socket. A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist if needed. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally, however, take care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.
Bone grafting or socket preservation procedures take bone tissue and place it in areas that require its support. Socket preservation fills the socket of an extracted tooth with enough bone tissue to become solid bone. This bone grafting procedure ensures that there is enough bone tissue for dental implant restoration. Dental implants and implant-secured dental restorations require bone tissue for a more stable result. Socket preservation also prevents further infection or bone loss.
What Is Dry Socket?
A dry socket is a condition that sometimes develops after a tooth is extracted. It happens when your blood clot dislodges before the socket can fully heal. To avoid dry socket, you should refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or vigorous rinsing for at least 24 hours.
Dry socket can be painful and delay healing times. If you are experiencing dry socket or pain at the extraction site, contact our office as soon as possible for accurate advice.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
What is the best pain relief after tooth extraction?
Pain medications are typically administered and recommended after any tooth extraction. If you can take Ibuprofen, it is recommended to take 400- 600mg every 6-8 hours post-operation until the pain is bearable. Putting a cold or warm compress on the area that the tooth was extracted from, eating cold or soft foods, rinsing with saltwater are all good methods to help with pain and swelling.
When can I eat normally after tooth extraction?
Most people will need 2 weeks to get back to normal post-extraction. Some people may be able to go back to eating sooner, depending on the area of the tooth that was extracted and the level of their pain tolerance.
How long should I take off work after a tooth extraction?
Typically people take off work for 1-2 days after tooth extraction. This is dependent on the level of discomfort and pain that is felt by each individual patient. It is also dependent on the type of job a patient has. Individuals who work very physical jobs are more likely to take a little bit longer time off to give themselves time to recover and rest.
Is bleeding a sign of infection after tooth extraction?
Bleeding is a sign of infection, but only when the bleeding is excessive. Severe throbbing, increased swelling, oozing discharge, and difficulty opening one’s mouth and speaking and eating are all signs of infection after a tooth extraction. Rinsing out your mouth with a saltwater mix may help this but if symptoms continue one should call their dentist and get an antibiotic.
Schedule A Dental Exam with our Dentist in Chester Springs, PA
Never assume that you need a tooth extraction without consulting a dentist. We do our best to save as much of your natural teeth as possible. Sometimes we can address your tooth pain without the need to completely remove your tooth. Schedule a dental exam with Dr. Petkevis today by calling 610.904.9274 or using our online form.