When a tooth cannot be saved through restoration, an extraction may be necessary. Extractions may be needed due to badly damaged teeth from trauma or decay. An orthodontist may recommend extractions prior to braces.
Let our team know if you have any of the following conditions prior to an extraction:
- Artificial heart valve
- Total joint replacement (Hip or Knee)
- If you are taking blood thinners or medication for osteoporosis
It may be necessary to refer you to an oral surgeon depending on the severity of the extraction. Certain health conditions may require the patient to see an oral surgeon.
Care after an Extraction
- Bite on gauze for two hours: DO NOT eat, drink or talk for two hours while biting on gauze.
- DO NOT smoke for two days after procedure.
- VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT drink anything through a straw or spit for forty-eight hours.
- After two hours, gently remove gauze. If bleeding is under control, you do not need to bite on the gauze anymore. If bleeding is still occurring, bite on clean gauze for two additional hours.
- Check the area after the additional two hours and if there is still bleeding, bite on a slightly moistened tea bag for another two hours. (Any brand of tea is okay.)
- You can gently brush around the area beginning the next day.
- You can also begin warm salt water rinses to help the healing process. DO NOT rinse with Listerine or Peroxide. This can break down the blood clot.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 850-682-2720.