Although in many cases, it is preferable to try to save a tooth rather than extract it, there are occasions in which a extraction is inevitable. An impacted wisdom tooth will require an extraction. If you are getting braces or having other orthodontic work done, extractions may be needed to accommodate the new dental work. Additionally, some teeth may need to be removed to relieve tooth-crowding problems. If a tooth has been damaged to the point that it is no longer viable the dentist will have to remove it.
A non-surgery extraction is referred to as a simple extraction. The dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth. When it is sufficiently loose, the dentist will remove it with a pair of forceps. If necessary, the dentist may close the socket with a single stitch.
If you decide to try eating something during the first 24 hours after your extraction, eat cool, soft foods. If you want to clean the extraction site, rinse it with a warm saltwater solution, although you can brush your other teeth if you wish. Do not smoke or use a straw after your extraction.
The reason for all of these instructions is to protect the blood clot that has formed over the socket. That clot is protecting the exposed nerve and jawbone. If that blood clot is ruptured, you will be in pain, and will be at risk for infection. This is a condition known as dry socket, and if you experience it, you should contact the dentist immediately.
If you have a painful tooth, don’t wait until it becomes unbearable. To schedule an appointment with Dr. John Freemon at John F. Freemon, DMD, PC in Woodstock, Georgia, call 770-928-0871 today. We’ll get you in as soon as possible.