Emergency Tooth Extraction Services for Our Hampden Patients in Denver, CO
Tooth Extractions Stop a Bad Tooth from Causing Pain
You and Dr. Griffith may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, your jaw joint, and/or shifting teeth, which can conceivably have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Griffith will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
What Can You Expect After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, replace the gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood. Sometimes closing on a tea bag can be helpful.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure.
After the dental extraction, you may feel some discomfort and/or experience swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48-72 hours.
Use Pain Medication as Directed After a Tooth Removal
Call our office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed after a tooth extraction, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the tooth extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing, morning and night, and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean after a tooth surgery.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. Contact 58 Dental if you're in need of a solution for a bad tooth. Our team would be happy to help.