Tooth Extractions

A Routine and safe procedure that is simple and sometimes necessary

You love your teeth and would like to keep them. We understand that. There are times though when a tooth needs to be taken out. Disease, decay or even trauma are the likely causes to have a tooth “pulled” or “extracted.” It’s a very routine and safe procedure.

Know you are doing the right thing

The first thing you should do is to talk to your oral surgeon. We want you to be confident you are doing the right thing. Here’s what happens next:

  • You’ll be given an anesthetic to reduce your discomfort.
  • Your oral surgeon will extract the tooth and limit bleeding with a simple gauze pad or two
  • All done! You’re ready to go home!

Post extraction

  • Steer clear of chewy foods and contact your oral surgeon if the numbness persists
  • Do not rinse your mouth out too hard and remember that blood clots are normal for healing to occur.
  • Stay away from alcohol, excess activity and mouthwash for a full day
  • Use all medications as directed. If it’s not working, call your oral surgeon immediately.
  • A moist cloth or an ice pack can help calm the swelling
  • In the unlikely event of experiencing any fever, nausea, vomiting or increased pain or bleeding, contact your oral surgeon immediately.

Call on your Common Sense

After the extraction, drink lots of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages. Do not use a straw. Begin eating solid foods as soon as you can chew comfortably. For the first few days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site. When it feels comfortable, you should resume chewing on both sides of your mouth.

Scary Fact!

One in three people have NEVER flossed their teeth!

Tooth Extractions

A Routine and safe procedure that is simple and sometimes necessary

You love your teeth and would like to keep them. We understand that. There are times though when a tooth needs to be taken out. Disease, decay or even trauma are the likely causes to have a tooth “pulled” or “extracted.” It’s a very routine and safe procedure.

Know you are doing the right thing

The first thing you should do is to talk to your oral surgeon. We want you to be confident you are doing the right thing. Here’s what happens next:

  • You’ll be given an anesthetic to reduce your discomfort.
  • Your oral surgeon will extract the tooth and limit bleeding with a simple gauze pad or two
  • All done! You’re ready to go home!

Post extraction

  • Steer clear of chewy foods and contact your oral surgeon if the numbness persists
  • Do not rinse your mouth out too hard and remember that blood clots are normal for healing to occur.
  • Stay away from alcohol, excess activity and mouthwash for a full day
  • Use all medications as directed. If it’s not working, call your oral surgeon immediately.
  • A moist cloth or an ice pack can help calm the swelling
  • In the unlikely event of experiencing any fever, nausea, vomiting or increased pain or bleeding, contact your oral surgeon immediately.

Call on your Common Sense

After the extraction, drink lots of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages. Do not use a straw. Begin eating solid foods as soon as you can chew comfortably. For the first few days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site. When it feels comfortable, you should resume chewing on both sides of your mouth.

Scary Fact!

One in three people have NEVER flossed their teeth!