There are certain times when it becomes necessary for a tooth to be extracted. A few different examples are when a tooth is cracked, severe decay, severe bone loss, etc. All other options will be explored and discussed before the decision is made to extract a tooth. Once all other options are vetted, Dr. Frost will usually explain that you will be putting good money towards a bad tooth. Depending on the complexity of the extraction or your nervousness in doing the procedure, Dr. Frost may refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist where you may be sedated and not remember the extraction.
During the extraction process, your tooth and the area surrounding it will be thoroughly numbed. Dr. Frost always gives plenty of time for the numbing to set in and will double check to make sure it is numb before starting to wiggle the tooth. During the extraction you will feel pressure but no pain. Dr. Frost tells his patients to raise their left hand if anything ever hurts or you just need a break. You are in control!
Once the problem tooth is extracted, Dr. Frost will examine the extraction site to be infection is removed and your body will heal properly. Most patients say that the extraction was much easier than they were expecting.
As your body heals from the extraction, the extraction site may look white. That is very normal and is actually the band-aid your body uses to fill the space where the tooth had been. You may experience soreness after you have a tooth extracted. The soreness is best managed by taking 1000mg of Tylenol and 400mg of Ibuprofen together every 6 hours. Be sure NOT to take more than 4000mg of Tylenol in a 24 hour period and be sure NOT to do this for more than 4-5 days. If you are still experiencing discomfort, give us a call and let us see if there is something else going on.
In the first 5 days after an extraction, you want to be very careful not to vigorously rinse your mouth, smoke or drink through a straw. This is because the blood clot that is present in the healing site may become dislodged, causing a dry socket. The area surrounding the extraction site becomes painful, feels hot, and is generally very unpleasant. Don’t suffer in silence if this is the case. There is a special medicine that will relieve the pain and expedite your healing process.