At Locascio Family Dentistry, we understand that tooth extraction can be a daunting prospect. However, we assure you that our highly skilled and compassionate dental team is here to provide you with the best care possible, ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout the process. We believe in exhausting all possible options to save a tooth before considering extraction. However, if tooth extraction becomes necessary, you can trust us to perform the procedure most effectively and gently.
When the extraction of a tooth is required:
- An incision in the gums is made
- The tooth is removed
- The area is stitched up and is allowed to heal
Dental Sedation for Tooth Extraction
If you experience anxiety when it comes to dental procedures, we understand your concerns. That's why we offer sedation options for tooth extractions.
Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients relax during procedures, providing a sense of calm and comfort. It effectively reduces anxiety and discomfort, making the entire experience easier for both you and Dr. Locascio.
We prioritize your comfort and well-being, and our sedation options aim to ensure a positive dental experience. Feel free to discuss your concerns and explore sedation dentistry as a potential solution for your tooth extraction. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.
Immediately Following Tooth Extraction
Immediately after the extraction, we will provide a soft gauze pad for you to bite on. Please maintain gentle pressure on the extraction site for 30-45 minutes. If there is still slight oozing, you can replace the gauze pad and bite down firmly for an additional 30 minutes. You may need to repeat this process a few times.
Once a clot forms, it is crucial to protect it, as it plays a vital role in the healing process. Please refrain from rinsing your mouth vigorously, using straws, smoking, consuming alcohol, or brushing near the extraction site for the next 72 hours. These activities have the potential to dislodge or dissolve the clot, which could impede the healing process.
We kindly request that you limit strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours. Vigorous physical activity may increase blood pressure and possibly lead to bleeding from the extraction site.
By adhering to these gentle guidelines, you can help ensure a smooth and comfortable healing process. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to support you.
Guidelines for Successful Home Care After Tooth Extraction
- DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH ON DAY ONE
DAY TWO rinse your mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using a one-quarter teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
An ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the operated area, a one-half hour on and one-half hour off for 4-5 hours.
For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If the doctor prescribes a specific pain medication, follow the instructions and do not mix it with other medications unless approved by your doctor.
A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
- BONY EDGES
Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to our office for their simple removal.
- UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS
If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.
- The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.