• PIMM Wix Team

Need a Tooth Extracted? Here’s Your Primer.

An orthodontist occasionally deems it necessary for patients to have one or more teeth extracted before installing their braces. But there’s a good reason: so their orthodontic treatment will be a huge success and leave them with a stunning smile.

At the office of [[BUSINESS-NAME]], our skilled and compassionate team of professionals is committed to offering the highest quality of orthodontic care. We will examine every aspect of your teeth’s alignment and discuss with you your treatment options.

If you’re one of those patients, a dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon will perform the extraction. Here’s what to expect.

In most instances, stitches are used to assist with the initial control of bleeding and blood-clot formation. If the hole wasn’t closed with stitches, the gauze that was placed in the gap must stay there for a few hours so the clot can form. After that, you can very gingerly switch out the gauze as often as needed.

The dental professional (dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon) will recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever and instruct you to use one of two self-made mouth rinses: diluted hydrogen peroxide or salty water. Tell the dental professional if you must avoid salt. Instead of spitting out the rinse, let it simply fall out your mouth. The action of spitting could disrupt the clot’s formation.

The soreness will lessen after three days. Seven to 10 days later, the new connective tissue and microscopic blood vessels that form on the wound’s surface will safeguard the removal location. You’ll see the dental professional two weeks later to have the stitches removed and the site inspected. If it was a wisdom tooth, however, the healing process could take several weeks.

You’ll also need to:

Rest for at least 24 hours following the removal.

Elevate your head while lying down.

Not spit or use a straw; doing so could disrupt the clot.

Shun alcohol and hot liquids.

Try to not blow your nose or sneeze.

Place an ice pack on your check for 10 to 20 minutes at a time to lessen swelling.

On the fourth day, resume your normal brushing and flossing while meticulously avoiding the extraction site and the tooth (or teeth) next to it, and eat healthy foods that require very mild chewing (yogurt, soups, scrambled eggs, soft fish, etc.).

Lastly, call the dental professional right away if: your residual pain and/or gum swelling gets worse instead of better; the blood in the socket isn’t clotting; acute pain has traveled to your ear; the wound drainage tastes or smells icky; you feel feverish, nauseated or are vomiting.

We at [[BUSINESS-NAME]] take pride in our outstanding service, attention to detail and friendly professionalism. You will receive excellent care and explanations of the best options available to you. We look forward to exceeding your high expectations. Please call us today for an appointment.