Is a tooth extraction right for me?

If you have a tooth that is damaged or infected, and a general procedure such as a root canal isn’t the best option, a tooth extraction may be right for you. If you are experiencing discomfort with your wisdom teeth, it may be time to have them extracted. An examination with Dr. Shawky and an xray will determine the best option for your oral health.

What should I expect when I have my tooth extracted?

Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. During the extraction process it is common to feel a lot of pressure. Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches — usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?

The extraction site will need time to heal; recovery typically takes a few days. You will be prescribed pain killers and/or antibiotics at your appointment. Be sure to follow the directions on the label. Bite firmly, but gently on the gauze pad placed to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. You will be given extra gauze for home, so you can change gauze pads as needed. We recommend you start initially with soft, easily digested food such as soup. Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction and limit activity for the next 72 hours. Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours and do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.