Tooth Extraction in Lexington, SC
If you suspect that you may need a tooth extraction, you are likely in pain and should get in touch with our dental office as soon as possible. Lexington Family Smiles will help you with your dental needs and make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Signs You Need a Tooth Extraction
You may be wondering whether or not a tooth extraction is necessary. If you have noticed any of the following signs, it is probable that you may require a tooth extraction:
- Pain that gets worse when you are chewing or biting
- Swollen gums surrounding just one tooth or several teeth
- A history of gum disease or a presence of gum disease
- Stiffness or jaw pain
- Severe tooth pain
These are some of the symptoms that people tend to experience when they require tooth extraction. But what causes these symptoms to arise in the first place? Trauma could have occurred due to overcrowding or an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth occurs when there is not enough room for the tooth to properly come through the gum line. Other reasons you may need a tooth extraction include severe decay, an infection, and damage to the tooth that is beyond repair.
What to Expect
Tooth extraction is carried out by an experienced dentist. You will be given a local anesthetic before your tooth is pulled to numb the area. Your dentist will then be able to easily remove the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, the gum will be surgically opened to reveal the tooth. The dentist will then remove it.
Proper Aftercare for Tooth Extractions
Gauze will be given to cover the open space where the tooth was. A blood clot will form that begins the healing process. It is important that the blood clot is not removed so it can heal. Your dentist will give you all the aftercare instructions you need to heal properly.
How Long Does It Take to Heal
It should only take one to two weeks for the site to fully heal. After the tooth extraction, you may have some bleeding for a few hours, but this is normal. Just keep the pressure on the gauze. If there is any concern talk to your dentist.
If you require a tooth extraction, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. Call us or schedule an appointment online.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
You can start eating soft foods like yogurt and applesauce within 24 hours of a tooth extraction but avoid the extraction site. In about 3 days you can eat regular foods but avoid hot, spicey, and crunchy foods. You should fully heal in 1 to 2 weeks.
You can drink water after about an hour to allow the blood clot to form. Do not use a straw to drink until you are fully healed (1 to 2 weeks) to avoid a dry socket. A dry socket is when the blood clot that forms in the extraction site is dislodged leaving an empty socket.
Depending on the medication provided during the procedures you may or may not drive yourself home after tooth extraction.
- Local anesthetic: you can drive immediately after the procedure
- Sedative: avoid driving for at least 24 hours
- General anesthetic: avoid driving for at least 48 hours
Avoid brushing your teeth with or without toothpaste for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, you may brush lightly avoiding the extraction site. Avoid mouthwash and rinsing aggressively. It is best to rinse your mouth gently with salt water (half a teaspoon of salt to 8 oz. of warm water). Empty your mouth of the saltwater without spiting to prevent dislodging the blod clot.