A tooth extraction may be necessary as a child, teen or adult. If you need a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal in Winston-Salem, NC, we will make the procedure as quick and comfortable as possible for you.
We may need to perform a tooth extraction for the following reasons:
- Tooth damage/trauma
- Tooth decay
- Crowded mouth
- Wisdom teeth
- Risk of infection
- Periodontal (Gum) disease
Tooth extractions are safe procedures.
In fact, thousands of tooth extractions are performed around the world daily. During your oral assessment, we’ll take all precautions to avoid infection or complications. Please provide your dentist with your complete medical history and any current/recent medications and supplements.
Most tooth extractions can be performed in our office. Although in some cases, you may need an oral surgeon. First, we’ll assess your dental health and any issues regarding your tooth (or teeth). Then your dentist at Peace Haven Family Dentistry in Winston-Salem, NC, will determine the best solution for you.
You should also let your dentist know if you have any of these health issues:
- Damaged or artificial heart valves
- Congenital heart defect
- Impaired immune system
- Liver disease (cirrhosis)
- Artificial joint (e.g., hip replacement, knee replacement or other replacements)
- History of bacterial endocarditis
What can I expect during a tooth extraction?
Before your dentist performs a tooth extraction, we’ll inject a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and surrounding tissues. If desired, we can prescribe medication to relax you during your dental procedure.
After the anesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will remove your tooth or teeth. Your tooth may be extracted in one piece, or it may be necessary to remove it in pieces.
Once your tooth has been extracted, a blood clot will form in the empty tooth socket. Your dentist will place a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to stop the bleeding. Sometimes, a few stitches may be needed.
How long should my pain last after a tooth extraction?
It is normal to feel some discomfort for two to three days after your procedure. During that time, you may experience some bleeding and your mouth and face may be slightly swollen. Your Peace Haven dentist will recommend pain and symptom relief options during this time. These side effects will dissipate over several days, and you should return to your normal routine fairly quickly.
On occasion, the blood clot in your tooth socket may break loose, exposing the bone. This painful condition is called a dry socket. If this happens, notify your dentist right away so we can treat and minimize your discomfort.
Plan to rest and relax for at least 24 hours after your tooth extraction. And limit your activities for the first few days.
Avoid these things for at least 24 hours after your tooth extraction:
- Rinsing or spitting forcefully
- Drinking from a straw
- Eating tough, crunchy, chewy solid foods
- Lying flat (keep your head propped)
- Brushing or flossing near the extraction site (3 days)