The primary goal of Kennedy Dental is to maintain the health of your natural teeth. However, there may be a time when you need a tooth extracted, which will be done as a very last resort in regards to your treatment. When teeth are severely damaged from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or trauma, you may need an extraction.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
While an extraction may sound scary, the professionals at Kennedy Dental will do everything modern dentistry offers to make you as comfortable as possible. To begin, we will numb the necessary areas of your mouth so you will not feel pain. You will feel pressure during extraction process, but no pain. If you do feel pain at any time, let us know immediately.
What happens after my tooth extraction?
Drs. Larry and Gary Kennedy and our team will ensure your procedure was successful and done with your comfort in mind at all times. You can also be confident you will be well informed about how to care for yourself at home.
It is vital that a blood clot forms after a tooth extraction to stop the bleeding and start the healing process. To help stimulate clotting, you will bite 30-45 minutes on a gauze pad immediately after removal. If the bleeding continues, place another gauze pad and continue to bite for another 30 minutes. This may have to be done several times to stabilize the blood flow. It is important not to disturb or dislocate the clot after the blood clot is formed.
Do not rinse vigorously, suck through straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush your teeth for 72 hours near the removal site. These activities can dislocate or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours because a rise in blood pressure can cause more bleeding. After the tooth has been removed, you may experience some pain and swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen vegetables applied to the outside cheek will minimize swelling.
If Dr. Kennedy prescribed pain medications, take them as directed. After 48 hours, swelling usually subsides. Call our office if the prescription drugs aren’t effective. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated time, even if infection signs and symptoms are gone. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food during the day. Usually, you can eat as soon as you are comfortable.
After 24 hours you can resume your normal dental routine. This should include brushing your teeth and flossing them at least once a day. This stimulates healing and helps to keep your mouth clean and fresh. You should feel good after a couple of days and can resume your normal activities. If you have severe bleeding, severe pain, swelling that lasts 2-3 days or reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.