Tooth Extraction at Bellevue Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI
Tooth extraction is the permanent removal of a tooth from its socket and may be done manually using forceps or surgically. Extraction is recommended when the tooth cannot be saved with other treatments. For example, a dentist may recommend extraction if a tooth has severe tooth decay, is improperly positioned, overcrowding of teeth, tooth trauma causing irreparable damage, problematic wisdom teeth, and if gum disease is present.
What happens during tooth extraction?
General extraction. A dentist will remove teeth that are visible in the mouth. First, the dentist will loosen the tooth with a dental instrument called an elevator and then use forceps to extract it.
Surgical extraction. Removing a tooth that is broken off at the gum or has not broken through the gum (like a wisdom tooth) is surgical extraction. However, it’s a more complex procedure. A surgical extraction involves a small incision into the gum to remove the tooth. In some cases, the dentist may need to remove some bone around the tooth or even cut the tooth to remove it.
Will the tooth extraction hurt?
No. You will feel a little pressure during a tooth extraction procedure but no pain. Simple extractions use a local anesthetic to manage the pain, and the most you’ll feel is a momentary prick from the needle.
You may still experience discomfort after any extraction, but your dentist will likely recommend nonprescription painkillers like ibuprofen to manage any pain, especially in the first few days.
Like any medical procedure, there is a period of healing and recovery after tooth extraction. You may be wondering just how long pain lasts after a tooth extraction? You won’t feel sharp pain, but you may feel sore or uncomfortable, especially if you’re swollen after tooth removal. Most swelling and bleeding will go away within a day or two following the extraction, but the healing process may take two weeks. The good news is there are a few measures you can take to make your life easier:
Follow your dentist’s advice. Your dentist will give you specific advice for tooth extraction aftercare. Always consult your dentist for any aftercare advice.
Take anti-inflammatories. Your dentist may recommend taking some pain medication like ibuprofen, which can help decrease any pain and discomfort after tooth extraction. Consult your healthcare provider for complete instructions and recommendations.
Use ice packs to reduce swelling. Your dentist may advise using an ice pack on your face for 20 minutes at a time to help ease any swelling you may have. Use a warm compress if your jaw is stiff and sore once the swelling is gone.
Rinse your mouth out with saltwater. If your dentist gives it the OK, you may find that a solution of warm water mixed with half a teaspoon of salt can help keep your mouth clean after the surgery. Just swish it around your mouth for a few seconds, and spit it out.