Tooth extraction is a fairly routine procedure at Smiles R Us Dentistry. While saving or repairing your natural teeth is our first priority, there are times when a tooth extraction can’t be avoided. We also offer wisdom teeth extractions for select cases. Our friendly staff will walk you through the extraction, and explain the use of local anesthetics for the procedure. Typical tooth extractions take about 30-60 minutes, although you should plan to be in our office for up to 2 hours for the entire tooth removal procedure and the in-office recovery time.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Sinus Issues
Following a tooth extraction, you may need to allow a few days to recover at home. With proper care, the extraction site typically heals quickly and without complications. Limiting strenuous activity in the first few days will reduce bleeding and help the blood clot to form. A little blood may leak from the extraction site until the clot forms, which is normal. If heavy bleeding from the site continues, call your dentist.
Minor swelling and discomfort are common symptoms of extracted teeth, and not cause for concern. Most swelling and pain can be managed by applying ice to the affected area following the extraction procedure. Putting ice packs on your face the first 36-48 hours after the extraction is crucial and will help reduce swelling. Your dentist may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize discomfort.
To speed the recovery process and reduce the risk for infection, patients should eat soft foods in the first few days. As the extraction site heals, you can slowly add solid foods back to your diet.