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. When necessary, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions. There are a number of reasons for a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of tooth extractions, other 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.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth often emerge during in the late teen-age years to early twenties. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, typically lack adequate space in the jaw to erupt properly and are therefore removed to prevent them from becoming impacted or causing damage to the other teeth. There is often pain associated with the wisdom teeth emerging and the tooth extraction can alleviate that pain.
Tooth Extraction Overview
A 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 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.
What Is Dry Socket?
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.
Teeth Extractions FAQ
How should I replace my extracted tooth?
If you had to have a damaged tooth extracted, Dr. Petkevis will review your options with you about how to replace it. You can either choose a dental bridge or a dental crown supported by a dental implant. The implant supported crown is by the best solution because it will mimic a natural tooth in terms of looks and function. A dental bridge will require surrounding teeth to be reduced to accommodate it.
How long will it take my gums to heal after extraction?
This solely depends on the location of the tooth and the circumstances at which it was removed. Most people will recover in 7 to 14 days. It is important to follow your post procedure instructions to avoid dry sockets and infection.
What can I eat after an extraction?
We recommend a soft diet for at least 24 hours after the tooth was removed. After that, ease in to harder foods slowly and at a pace you are comfortable with. It is very important to not use a straw for about a week. Sucking through a straw can dislodge the blood clot and cause severe pain. If consuming things like milkshakes, please use a spoon!
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
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 610.400.1459 or using our online form.