Dos and don’ts of tooth extraction

At Future Health Partnership Practices, we don’t take tooth extractions lightly, because we will always endeavour to save and repair teeth whenever possible. In severe cases of decay and unresponsive gum disease, it is unavoidable, so how should you manage your extraction so the procedure and aftercare go as smoothly as possible? Let’s find out more from our dentist in Chester.

Each person is unique so the following can only be a rough guide for the average patient.dentist-chester

Steps we go through in the clinic

Dependent on the location of the tooth, and the involvement of the root in the case of an impacted tooth, a set of X-rays may be carried out to guide the extraction. A local numbing agent is applied, usually by injection into the gum. Our dentist in Chester can also provide partial sedation at this point if required. Antibiotics will only be prescribed if there are active signs of infection, to avoid overuse.

Aftercare

Just a few tips on a speedy and successful recovery. After the extraction, the first 24 hours are the most important. Avoid aggressively rinsing out the mouth for 24 hours post-surgery, as it can disturb the formation of blood clots and new scabs. Choose softer foods and avoid very sticky food like toffee. If the extraction site bleeds, you can stem the bleeding by biting down on a piece of clean cloth for 10 to 15 minutes. Both alcohol and smoking can prevent healing and should be avoided for as long as possible post-extraction. A saltwater mouthwash can be used 4 times a day, but only after the first 24 hours when all bleeding has stopped. Brush with caution, avoiding the affected site, but don’t stop brushing.

Possible complications post-extraction

It is common to expect some secondary effects of extraction during recovery. Most of this sensation can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. It is normal for the teeth located around the extraction to feel sensitive for several weeks, but in particular to hot or cold stimuli. There are several reasons why healing can be delayed. If healing is very poor, dry socket can occur. If clotting does not occur within 24 hours, please get in contact with us. Dressing, stitching and a course of antibiotics may be required. You may experience a sensation following the wearing off of the localised numbing injection, it feels like pins and needles or a hot/cold numbness. It usually only lasts a few days, but could be a sign of infection if it continues for more than a week.

A follow-up appointment with a dentist in Chester is not always necessary post-extraction, but we like to check the rate of healing and explore any symptoms you might be having so we stop further complications.

After a local numbing agent has been applied, there is no reason why you can’t drive or return to work after extraction from our dentist in Chester. If you have had a general anaesthetic, you will need an escort to leave the surgery and shouldn’t operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day.