At the family dental practice of Dr. James A. Vette, DDS., our first and foremost concern is protecting and strengthening your natural teeth. There are times, however, when extracting one or a couple of your natural teeth is required.
This can be due to severe damage to a tooth from an accident, a fracture, overcrowding of teeth, or teeth that have become compacted. If this is the case, Dr. Vette provides safe and professional tooth extraction to alleviate the problem and improve the status of your teeth.
If you’ve had a recent tooth extraction, be sure to follow these tips to minimize complications. The dentist will go over all of these after surgery but we list them here as well for your convenience.
What to Eat & Drink
The Day of the Surgery When You Get Home
The Days Following Surgery
Do not smoke for 3 days after surgery. Smoking will disrupt healing.
Dry sockets happen when the blood clot is disturbed. This can be painful so avoid doing the following three to five days after surgery to minimize chances of dry sockets.
If you develop a dry socket, contact the office so we can place a medicated dressing over the spot.
Information & Instructions After Oral Surgery
There are several conditions which may occur after oral surgery. The following list contains conditions that can be considered normal:
Swelling is to be expected. As soon as you get home, place ice on the affected area. Keeping the ice on the area for 20 minutes then off for 10 minutes works very well. Do this for up to 24 hours following the surgery. A Ziploc baggie with ice cubes serves nicely. Do not use ice on the area at any time after 24 hours post-surgery. This may slow the healing process. Take the anti-inflammatory medication (usually Ibuprofen) for 2 days following the surgery. If some swelling develops within the first couple of days, it usually takes about a week to resolve.
You should apply direct pressure on the surgical wound by biting on gauze for 2 hours. You will be given extra gauze so you may change the gauze periodically. Do not expectorate (spit) or suck on a straw during this time period. Some bleeding (oozing) is normal for up to 2 days following surgery. If you notice that the bleeding is persisting, place a moist tea bag on the area and bite down as you would with the gauze. If you notice any complications with bleeding, contact the office.
Be sure to get your prescriptions filled as soon as possible when you leave the office. Take the medications as directed. Your prescriptions will usually consist of the following:
If you develop a rash or experience any unusual side effects while using any of the medications, contact the office or my pager.
Before the extraction, you will be given an anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the extraction. While your mouth is numb, you’ll want to be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue. After the extraction, do not eat any foods that require chewing while your mouth is numb. The numbness should go away within a few hours. If it doesn’t, contact your dentist.
If you have sutures that require removal, your dentist will tell you when to return to the office.