When a tooth is severely damaged or causing problems for other teeth inside the mouth, it may be necessary to remove it. People have teeth removed for many reasons, including advanced tooth decay, irreparable damage, severe gum disease, pre-orthodontic treatment and poor tooth positioning.
Dr. Rottman and his staff do everything we can to ensure that the tooth extraction process is as easy and pain-free as possible so that patients can focus solely on improving their oral health following the procedure.
Typically, local anesthesia is used for extractions. The patient is likely to feel some pressure, but little pain. After the tooth has been removed, the immediate goal is to form a blood clot at the extraction site to allow healing. A blood clot is formed by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Patients should be careful not to disturb the blood clot in any way after the procedure. This means avoiding using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, consuming drugs or alcohol and participating in intensive exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure. During this time, patients should also use an ice pack on their outer cheek near the extraction site to reduce swelling.
Generally speaking, patients can resume their normal brushing and flossing practices just 24 hours after the procedure. If the patient experiences intense pain or uncontrollable bleeding at any time, they should contact our office as quickly as possible.
If you would like to learn more about the tooth extraction process, please call our office at (262) 288-0678 to schedule an appointment.