Tooth removal is also known as tooth extraction. While in many cases we will save the tooth with a root canal, a crown, or by another method, sometimes the tooth needs to be removed. We could extract the tooth because of extreme decay, or maybe it is because you are receiving a complete set of dentures. We will often extract wisdom teeth as well. Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we want you to feel comfortable if we recommend that a tooth be removed.
What You Need to Know About Tooth Removal
Tooth removal is common, and it is a fairly easy practice. If we have recommended that we extract a tooth, here are a few basic things that you will want to know. There are two different terms that we use when it comes to removing a tooth. They are simple extraction and surgical extraction. With a simple extraction, we will lift the tooth and the roots out in one step. It does not usually take much time.
With a surgical extraction, we will section the tooth. That means that we will cut it in pieces, and then remove each piece. If there is damage to the tooth and we would not be able to remove it straight out, sectioning helps because we can stay in control of what happens to the tooth.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is another subject. We will often extract wisdom teeth because they are not coming in properly, or because they are crowding the jaw. It is a common misconception that we will automatically extract wisdom teeth, but that is not the case. We will extract them only if we think that it is necessary. Immediately following the removal of a tooth, we will have you bite down on a piece of gauze. That is to get the bleeding to stop. When we are done, have someone drive you home. Apply an ice pack to the area to keep the swelling down, and take the pain reliever that we recommend, according to package directions.
The first couple of nights after you have had a tooth removed you will want to sleep on your back. Use pillows to keep your head up above your heart. Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. After that, rinse the area with a warm salt water rinse after each meal and again before you go to bed. You can make the rinse yourself by dissolving half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm, not hot, water. Rinse the socket with the mixture, but do now swallow.
You will want to stick to soft foods while you heal. It will usually take several days. One thing to look out for after a tooth removal is a dry socket. If you have severe pain two or so days after the extraction and a bad taste in your mouth, let us know immediately.
Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we want you to know that tooth extractions are sometimes necessary, and they are nothing to worry about. Call (312) 757-6434 if you have any questions.