Permanent teeth should be just that, permanent! But there are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed including trauma, severe decay or infection, and teeth crowding. Wisdom teeth removal is also a leading reason (particularly among those around 17 to 25 years of age).
Tooth Removal Procedure
Brident’s tooth removal procedure starts with X-rays of your tooth to determine the condition of the surrounding bone and the position of the tooth’s roots beneath the gum line. These X-rays also allow our experienced dentists to plan a safe process for your tooth’s extraction and help them identify any potential issues or difficulties that could arise.
Once X-rays have been reviewed, your dentist will apply a local or general anesthetic to ensure the tooth removal procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Once the tooth has carefully and gently been removed, gauze pads will be applied to minimize any bleeding. In some cases, a few stiches may be needed to help gums heal quickly.
Tooth Removal Recovery
During the first few days following a tooth extraction it’s normal to have some swelling and soreness, which can be helped by taking over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®).
Please follow the specific recovery advice from your dentist. The tips below may also help lessen any discomfort and speed recovery:
- Rest at least 24 hours following your tooth extraction
- Keep your head propped up with a pillow (avoid lying down flat)
- Use an ice bag on the affected area to reduce swelling
- Don’t use a straw for the first 24 hours
- Don’t rinse or spit forcefully for at least 24 hours
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water a few times per day
- Eat only soft foods the day after your extraction (yogurt, pudding, soup, etc.)
- No smoking or tobacco use
- You can brush and floss but avoid the extraction site
You should start feeling back to normal after a few days. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, contact Brident immediately.
- Shortness of breath or chest pain
- Severe bleeding or pain more than 4 hours after your tooth is pulled
- Signs of infection (nausea, vomiting, fever, chills)
- Excessive swelling or redness from extraction site
- Numbness in tongue, chin or lips more than 3 to 4 hours after the procedure
- Difficulty swallowing
Do you need a tooth pulled? Contact Brident to make a dentist appointment.