What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure performed to remove teeth from the bone socket.
A Surgical tooth extraction is required when there can be some complications such as extensive decay causing the tooth breaking off at the gum line. In that situation, it is more difficult to remove the root tips. Other difficult situation can be caused by curved roots, making the tooth removal from the socket more complicated. Sometimes the dentist needs to cut the tooth and remove it in parts, especially in case of bony involvement. An infection can also qualify the tooth to be removed in a surgical way as it makes it difficult to get the area numb, and the bleeding will be more intense.
A. Do keep relatively quiet and rest on the day of your tooth extraction.
B. Do keep gauze pack in place for 30-45 minutes surgery, then remove.
C. Use ice packs immediately after surgery and for the next 24 hours to reduce swelling. Apply ice packs for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
D. Be on cold and soft diet for next 24 hours.
E. Do take all prescribed medications such antibiotics and painkillers etc. as directed.
F. Do have someone with you for the most of the day if you were sedated for surgery.
G. Do Brush teeth and gums well beginning 24 hours after surgery.
A. Do not spit, rinse or smoke for 24 hours. It dislodges the blood clots forming in the sockets.
B. Do not drink through straws for 5 days. Drink directly from the glass or use a spoon
C. Do not take aspirin or aspirin products, since they may prolong bleeding
D. Do not drive a car, ride a bike or drink any alcoholic beverages while taking prescribed pain medications. Also do not take pain medications on an empty stomach.
E. Do not change gauze more than once every hour for the next 3-4 hours following surgery. Remove gauze if no bleeding after the four hours.
BDS, MDS, FICR
Dr. Vaibhav Joshi completed his graduation (BDS) from Lucknow in the year 2002 and did his Post Graduation (MDS) from Ghaziabad in the field of Periodontics and Oral Implantology. He completed a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Oral Implantology from Friadent, Germany. He got fellowship in Clinical Research (FICR).He has been in practice for more than 10 years..