Tooth extractions can be performed by either your Seattle Dentist, Bellevue Dentist, or a specialist called an oral surgeon. A tooth that is either damaged or decayed enough that it cannot be repaired by either a filling or crown may need to be extracted by your dentist at Brookside Dental. Impaction of the wisdom teeth may require that these specific teeth must be extracted even though the teeth themselves are not damaged. At the start of the extraction procedure your Seattle Dentist or Bellevue Dentist will use a local anesthesia to numb the area. In those cases where the patient does not want to be awake during the extraction process, the dentists at Brookside Dental will refer those people to a specialist in oral surgery to be put to sleep during the entire process. Extraction procedures done either at your Seattle Dentists or Bellevue Dentists will be done in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes the most modern dental techniques. Once the anesthesia is working the tooth may simply be extracted in one piece or it may have to be taken out in several pieces if it breaks during the process. Special dental surgical instruments are used to free the tooth from the jawbone. Sometimes parts of the gum and bone around the problematic tooth must be cut away to properly remove it.

Following a tooth extraction, the patient should follow the specific instructions given by their personal dentist. We are listing some things that may be important, but these should not be considered as a substitute for the specific instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon.

  • You will be provided with specific instructions of things to do and not do in the first 24 hours following tooth extraction.
  • You also will be provided with a second set of instructions of things to do and not to do after 24 hours have elapsed.
  • For 24 hours after having a tooth extracted do not spit or rinse your mouth with water so that blood clots are maintained at the extraction site.
  • A Seattle Family Dentist or Bellevue Family Dentist should be called if any unusual symptoms occur, such as excessive pain, swelling, or bleeding.
  • Persistent Bleeding lasting more than eight hours should initiate a call to your dentist.
  • Pain can be eased with narcotic pain relievers as prescribed by your dentist or specialist.
  • Pain that cannot be controlled by your prescribed pain medications should initiate a call to your dentist.
  • Swelling that persists or increases also should initiate a call to your dentist or specialist.
  • Maintain blood clots forming in the area of the extracted tooth by keeping steady pressure on the extraction area for a few hours as the doctor prescribes.
  • Avoid Smoking which can negatively impact clot formation and prolong bleeding.
  • Any delay in healing may increase the possibility of developing “dry socket”, which is an infection of the treated area that is very painful.
  • Anything that creates suction, such as using straws or smoking, can dislodge the blood clot and lead to dry socket.
  • Smokers have a much higher rate of dry socket occurrence than nonsmokers, so avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after the extraction of a tooth.
  • Avoid eating any type of food that might irritate the area in the vicinity of the extracted tooth.
  • Hot liquids tend to dissolve blood clots so do not drink hot coffee, tea or soup.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise or strenuous activities of any type for 24 hours after a tooth has been extracted.

Remember that these are general guidelines for tooth extractions and they may or may not apply to your specific extraction situation. Your specific Seattle Family Dentist or Bellevue Family Dentist may have a very different set of instructions for you than those listed above. Your dentist may need to add to, delete or modify these generalized instructions. It is your dentist’s instructions for your specific case which should be followed subsequent to a tooth extraction. Always contact your dentist immediately if you develop any complication or have any concerns about your oral health.