A Health Necessity
At Soundbridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, we try to do everything we can to save your tooth before removing it. You only get one set of natural adult teeth, after all — it’s best to try and preserve them for as long as possible.
If you have a severely infected tooth that’s not possible to save through root canal therapy, we’ll suggest an extraction to keep your overall health from being affected.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Throughout your teenage years, many changes occur. One of the last changes to occur is your final set of adult teeth grow in. We call these wisdom teeth, but they usually must be removed due to a tendency to cause crowding in the mouth.
Emergency Tooth Extractions
If you have a dental emergency, we offer emergency care. Please consult our emergency guidelines before calling our office to learn if you require an immediate appointment. In the case of a severe tooth infection, Dr. Bloomquist may perform an emergency extraction.
Caring for your tooth after your extraction is vital because you’re more vulnerable to infections and complications within the first few days. Following the instructions you receive from Dr. Bloomquist can keep your mouth healthy during this time.
After your extraction, you should try to:
Complications to Be Aware Of
Your surgical site is more vulnerable as it’s healing so without proper oral hygiene, it can be prone to infection. To avoid infections, make sure you’re taking care of your teeth after your surgery — just avoid the area of the extraction.
After your tooth is extracted, a blood clot will form in the empty socket to protect it. If this blood clot is dislodged or harmed, the socket will be compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tooth extractions for one tooth don’t take very long — often around 20 to 40 minutes. Multiple teeth will likely take a longer time.
Your priority after your tooth extraction is to rest and make sure you follow your aftercare instructions.
You can eat after your extraction, just make sure you’re sticking to soft foods that won’t harm your surgical site.
Holding off on smoking for as long as possible is best, though it can be difficult. If you can stop smoking for 72 hours, your risk of developing dry socket will be reduced.
Though it can take about a week to fully recover from a tooth extraction, most people can return to their daily lives the next day. We do recommend taking 24 hours to rest after your extraction, though.
If your extraction site is infected, call our office at 253-857-4114 so we can help you. We may be able to prescribe antibiotics for your infection.
Some pain and discomfort following an extraction are normal. If you’re in pain, first take any painkillers as prescribed. After that, you can contact our office if you’re still in immense pain.
Many of your teeth are connected by the same nerves, so it’s possible for some of your other teeth to hurt following your extraction.
Protecting Your Oral Health
Tooth extractions can be intimidating, but know that we’ll only perform them for the sake of your overall oral health. We can make your tooth extraction appointment comfortable so it goes as smoothly as possible.