Dental Extractions

Why Do I Need to Have a Tooth Removed?

Dental extractions are a commonplace procedure, and typically only take a few days to recover from. There are a number of different potential reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. Some of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Tooth Breakage
  • Infection
  • Cysts or tumors
  • General pain

Preparing for the Extraction

  • Tell your dentist about any medications you take in advance
  • Do not smoke before the extraction
  • Tell your dentist if you have a cold or experienced nausea or vomiting the night before

After the Extraction

After the surgery, you will be asked to bite down on a gauze pad so a blood clot can form. Try to get some rest immediately after the procedure, but prop your head up with a pillow to avoid lying flat. Keep in mind that it is normal for the extraction site to bleed after surgery. You may need to change the gauze wrap if it becomes soaked. If the extraction site continues to bleed for over 24 hours or you experience fever, nausea, vomiting, severe pain or swelling you should contact your dentist. If your dentist has prescribed pain medication, use it only as directed. Do not smoke, drink from a straw, or rinse out your mouth for 24 hours after the procedure. Until the extraction site heals, stick to soft foods such as:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups

Need an extraction? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Prashant Sinha today!
Phone: 860.266.1828
Fax: 860.999.9980