Simple Tooth Extractions in Newtown, PA
A dental extraction involves removing a tooth from its place in the jaw bone. This is a last resort when decay is so extensive that nothing can be done to save the tooth, or when the tooth has a fracture in the root and cannot be saved.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two primary types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. During a simple extraction, the dentist will use forceps to remove the tooth completely. A simple extraction is performed under local anesthetic.
In more complicated cases, a tooth may be removed in pieces and may require extra access into the bone. Surgical extractions are referred to and performed by a dental surgeon where a simple extraction is not possible. Surgical extractions are generally performed under general anesthesia for patient comfort. Surgical extractions will be referred to an oral surgeon.
Post Extraction Care
After the tooth extraction, it is necessary to follow the dentist’s instructions. There are few rules that each patient must apply after such a procedure:
- Over-the-counter medications should relieve the pain. Follow the prescribed dosage.
- Do not smoke or reduce the number of cigarettes as possible as it may inhibit healing
- Refrain from spitting, rinsing forcefully or drinking with a straw in the first 24 hours to avoid dislocating the blood clot formed in the socket
- Eat mainly soft food after the procedure. Introduce solid food gradually and avoid biting and chewing on the affected side to prevent high pressure on the exposed gum;
- Follow normal dental hygiene procedures carefully to prevent infection.
- When a surgical extraction has taken place and general anesthesia used, be prepared to rest for the day or until the anesthetic fades off
- A tooth extraction should not be painful, and if the patient experiences pain during the procedure, the patient should let the dentist know, so adjustments can be made.
- If the patient experiences severe pain and bleeding that does not stop after the first 24 hours from the procedure, contact the provider’s office for further instructions.
If you are in need of a dental extraction in Newtown, call our office today to schedule an appointment.