Gentle and efficient tooth removal in Winter Garden, FL.
Why an Extraction?
It could be the key to saving your oral health.
Tooth extractions happen for many different reasons, from infection and trauma to aesthetics. While the procedure doesn’t sound comfortable, we make tooth extractions quick and painless.
At Winter Garden Smiles, we first discuss alternatives to extractions because this can affect chewing abilities, jawbone, and teeth alignment. Then, if an extraction is absolutely necessary, we walk you through the process and options for a tooth replacement and a healthy smile.
Reasons for a tooth extraction include:
We only perform extractions when needed to create a better smile.
The Extraction Process
We first check your medical and dental history to ensure that a tooth extraction is the right treatment for you. Then, we let you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
At the time of your tooth extraction, our dentist numbs the tooth, jawbone, and surrounding gums with a local anesthetic. If you do feel any discomfort during the extraction process, please let us know right away and we’ll fix it.
During the extraction, you’ll feel pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves. We rock the tooth, widen the socket, and safely remove the tooth in a quick, comfortable procedure. If needed, we section the tooth.
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Tooth Extraction Post-Care
Helpful guidelines for after your removal.
- What to doAfter tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form, stop the bleeding, and begin the healing process. You’ll bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If there’s still liquid, place another pad and bite firmly for 30 more minutes. You may have to do this several times.
- What not to doOnce the clot forms, it’s important not to disturb it. For the next 72 hours, do not rinse vigorously, use straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush near the extraction site. These activities may dislodge the clot and hinder the healing process. Also, limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
- Pain or swellingAfter the tooth is extracted, you may feel some discomfort and experience slight swelling. Apply an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas to the area to keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
- MedicationTake pain medications as prescribed, and please call our office if the medication isn’t working. With prescribed antibiotics, please continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
- HealingDrink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It’s important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. It also helps speed up healing and keeps your mouth fresh and clean.
- Next stepsAfter a few days, you should feel fine and can resume normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please call our office immediately.