Tooth Extractions – Staley Dental Arts
A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. We can help make sure that your dental health is taken care of.
Why It Is Done?
Removing a tooth is necessary when decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection.
What To Think About.
A tooth extraction should be done as soon as possible to avoid the spread of infection and more serious problems.
How Well It Works?
Removing the tooth can help keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth.
Procedures following Extractions
For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site.
If bleeding continues, apply new gauze and pressure for an additional 45 minutes.
After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 20 minutes. Remove for 10 minutes. Repeat.
Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery.
Do not rinse your mouth.
Do not use a straw.
Do not spit.
Do not drink carbonated beverages.
Do not smoke for a few days, if you are a smoker.
Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing.
Some bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face.
Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, milk shakes, fruit juice, and yogurt, for 2-3 days.
Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.