Tooth Extraction Q & A
What is tooth extraction?
The PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry professionals have extensive training in oral surgery.
Your dentist can complete most tooth extractions in about 45 minutes. You typically have some type of anesthesia. To put you more at ease if you’re feeling anxious about your tooth extraction, PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provides different sedation dentistry options, such as nitrous oxide.
Your dentist might need to remove parts of your bone or gums to extract your tooth properly.
Your dentist surgically removes your tooth before stitching the wound shut and uses gauze pads to soak up the bleeding. You can return home once your anesthesia has worn off.
Depending on the anesthetic, numbing, or sedation, you might need to have someone drive you home to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. In just a few days, your stitches usually dissolve.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
- You have a wisdom tooth that won’t be able to grow in properly
- It appears that your tooth might cause dental problems in the future that is avoidable now
- You have trauma or crowding
What can I expect after my tooth extraction?
If you continue to bleed, remove the gauze and carefully apply a fresh, damp gauze to the area. A small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth slowly heals itself and forms a blood clot to fill in the bone where your tooth root was.
If you experience vomiting or nausea, increased bruising or swelling, severe pain, or heavier bleeding, visit PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for medical attention as soon as you can.
Make sure you continue to floss and brush your teeth, but avoid the teeth surrounding the healing socket, so you don’t irritate it.
Most people report little to no pain when healing from a tooth extraction. It usually takes around three weeks for the area to heal completely.
To learn more about tooth extractions, call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, or schedule an appointment online today.