Are you experiencing tooth pain on a daily basis? When teeth become decayed or damaged they often create consistent oral pain. It’s crucial that you contact us right away if you feel discomfort in your mouth to ensure the damage doesn’t affect your gums or other teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Before Dr. Crupi extracts, he’ll examine them. If they’re broken, severely decayed, or causing issues with your gums and jawbone, he may decide to remove them.
Your comfort is a priority to our staff, so we’ll provide you with a sedative to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the tooth extraction process. Next, Dr. Crupi will extract the tooth using precise tools and close up your gums with dental stitches.
Since living with missing teeth can cause infection and structural problems, we recommend restoring the extracted tooth after it’s healed. Dental implants are a great replacement option that look and function like natural teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that most people develop during early adulthood. However, many people choose to have them removed before or after they’ve grown in. If your wisdom teeth causing you pain or causing your other teeth to shift, talk to Dr. Crupi about having them removed.
If you’ve recently damaged or lost your teeth or are experiencing severe mouth pain, contact us immediately at (941) 475-9915 if you’re in Englewood, and (941) 485-1111 if you’re in Venice. We offer emergency care and will do our best to save your tooth.
Caring for Your Mouth After an Extraction
It’s essential that you care for your mouth properly after you have teeth extracted to ensure the surgical site heals properly and to avoid infection. It usually takes about a week to 10 days for your gums to completely heal.
Aftercare Instructions for Adults
For adults recovering from a tooth extraction procedure, we recommend you:
- Take painkillers as necessary
- Apply ice if inflammation occurs
- Rest for the initial 24 hours
- Avoid smoking
- Elevate your head while sleeping
- Brush and floss teeth around the extraction site thoroughly
Aftercare Instructions for Children
Although they might not understand the healing process as well, it’s essential that children rest and take proper aftercare precautions too. Providing them with a relaxing environment, soft foods, and ice packs to reduce swelling is essential.
Talk to your doctor about pain medication dosages if your child experiences any pain.
Complications That May Occur After An Extraction
Like any procedure, there’s always the risk of complications occurring during the recovery period. This can be caused by bacteria entering the extraction site, improper aftercare actions, or complications during the procedure.
Complications that can occur include:
- Nerve injury — this is rare but can occur during the procedure and cause short term or long term tingling sensations
- Infection — caused by bacteria and results in pain and swelling
- Dry socket — if the blood cot in the empty socket becomes dislodged, you may experience severe pain and an unpleasant taste
If any of these complications occur, contact our office right away so we can provide you with the proper care and help the extraction site heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a tooth extraction take?
While the exact time varies on how many teeth you’re having removed, it takes about 20-40 minutes to numb the area and complete the extraction process.
What do I do after a tooth extraction?
It’s important to rest for the initial 24 hours after having your tooth extracted to prevent infection. You should also eat soft foods and ice the area if it becomes inflamed.
How long after tooth extraction can I eat?
You can eat within the first 24 hours of the procedure, but be sure to eat soft foods for at least the first couple of days.
How long after tooth extraction can I smoke?
It’s crucial that you wait at least 48 hours after the procedure to avoid dry socket or infection.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The entire recovery process usually takes about a week to 10 days to complete.
What do I do if the site of my extraction is infected?
Since bacteria is in our environment and the foods we eat, there’s a chance your extraction site could become infected. If this occurs, rinse your mouth out with salt water and contact us right away so we can prescribe you antibiotics as well as clean out the infected area.
Is a tooth extraction painful?
No, your mouth will be numbed so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the extraction.
Should I feel pain in the days after my tooth extraction?
It’s possible that your extraction site may feel sore for the first few days while it’s healing. Take painkillers and ice the inflamed area if you experience pain.
Can a tooth extraction cause other teeth to hurt?
Your teeth and gums contain many different nerves, so teeth surrounding the extraction can become sore during recovery time.
Contact Our Staff In Englewood or Venice, FL
If you’re feeling extreme pain in any of your teeth or have noticed damage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Dr. Crupi is an experienced dentist who will restore your damaged teeth so you can start smiling again.
Contact us at (941) 475-9915 if you’re in Englewood or (941) 485-1111 if you’re in Venice to schedule an appointment.