Different Types of Extractions
Home Care Following an Extraction
You will be given post operative instructions following your extraction. Having an extraction is considered a surgical procedure. Therefore, it is common to have discomfort even after the simplest of extractions. Taking medication such as Ibuprofen will help tremendously with any post operative pain. You can also use an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling alternating 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
You will be given a piece of gauze to bite on for an hour after the procedure. This causes pressure that allows the blood to clot. You will still have a small amount of bleeding for the next 24 hours or so. We recommend placing a towel that you do not mind getting dirty over your pillow for the first night.
Eat softer and cool foods for the first 3 days following surgery. You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. Doing so can knock the blood clot out of place.
A secondary infection called dry socket develops in about 3% to 4% of all extractions. This occurs when the blood clot breaks off or breaks down too early (usually caused by smoking after surgery). A dry socket is when the bone is exposed to air and food. This is very painful and can cause a bad odor or taste. Typically dry sockets begin to cause pain the third day after surgery. Dry sockets are treated by placing a medicated dressing to stop the pain.
Call the office if:
The swelling gets worse instead of better
You have fever, chills or redness
You have uncontrolled bleeding in the area
The extraction site becomes very painful - This may be a sign that you have developed a dry socket
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
Reasons you may need an extraction