Do you need to have an extraction done at our Surrey clinic? Maybe you have questions with regards to the procedure? Or perhaps you just want learn more about dental extractions in general? Here are some general tips and information with regards to dental extraction at Surrey City Dental Centre.
What is a Dental Extraction or Tooth Extraction?
It’s when you remove teeth from its socket in the bone.
Why do you need to have a dental extraction?
There are multiple reasons why you need to have your tooth extracted:
- Your tooth is too severely damaged to fix.
- A very loose tooth that can’t be saved.
- Infected teeth that needs to be extracted.
- If you’re receiving chemotherapy or if you’ll be having an organ transplant just the risk of infection will be enough reason
- Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out in time.
- Your mouth is crowded and you need to have your teeth aligned. To leave some room for tooth movement, you might need to have a tooth extracted.
An X-ray of the area around your tooth will need to be taken. This is so your dentist will be able to see how to remove the tooth. During your consultation you should disclose of your medical history and your dental history, especially if you’re a new patient at our dental clinic. You should also need to list any medications that you are taking.
Right after the procedure, exercise caution with the area where the tooth was extracted. Avoid probing the area.
Your dentist will provide you with a gauze to bite down in order for a clot to form in the extraction area. Leave it for three to four hours, though you should change it before it becomes soaked with blood.
Don’t be forceful with spitting or rinsing, otherwise you will disturb the clot that has formed on the site.
Keeping your mouth clean is a must, just take extra care with your brushing and avoid the tooth socket.
Swelling is quite normal and can be mitigated by a cold pack or an ice pack.
Avoid smoking because it can interfere with the healing process.
Avoid solid foods the day after the extraction. Instead, opt for something like soup or pudding. As the healing process continues, you can slowly add solid foods back to your diet.
Please be advised that you should consult your dentist if you have any questions with regards to your dental extraction procedure. The information on this page should be seen as a general guide. For more detailed information regarding your own procedure, you need to talk to your dentist.