Considering a tooth extraction in Houston? Tooth extractions may be required for a number of reasons – when tooth decay has been left unchecked, in advanced stages of periodontal disease, or when a tooth is so badly broken or damaged that it needs to be replaced. In some cases, the surrounding teeth are also affected and may need to be removed as well. Your dentist will determine in which cases a tooth must be extracted and in which cases it may be saved and restored.
Before a tooth is extracted, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around your tooth, gums, and jawbone. This will eliminate any pain or discomfort during the extraction process.
After your tooth is extracted, you will experience bleeding around the site of extraction. Putting pressure on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after your tooth extraction will help clot the blood.
After the bleeding has stopped, it is important to be careful around the tooth socket to ensure that the blood clot is not broken or dislodged. You should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, rinsing or brushing teeth vigorously, or using a straw at least 72 hours after your surgery, and heavy exercise should be avoided for at least 24 hours. After about 48 hours, the swelling should go down.
On the day of your extraction, you will want to drink plenty of water or other fluids and eat soft foods after your procedure. After about 2-3 days once you start feeling more comfortable, you are free to eat and drink normally; however, if you continue to experience pain or other symptoms, contact Texas Dental Center immediately.
Considering a tooth extraction in Houston? For more information about tooth pain, extractions and dental restorations, contact our office for more information.
Dr. Rosecler Marmentini is an orthodontist and specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.