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Tooth Extraction

The Extraction Process:

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surrounded the area with a local anesthesia.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthesia has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can't expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Extraction Home Care:

Bleeding
Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this.
Blood clots that form in the empty socket. This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.
Avoid rinsing or spiting for 24 hours after the extraction.
Avoid use of straw, smoking or hot liquid.

Swelling
If swelling occurs you can place ice on your face for 10 minutes and off for 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours. 

Pain and Medications 
If you experience pain you may use non-prescription pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Eating
For most extractions just make sure you do your chewing away from the extarction site. Stay away from hot liquids and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours.

Brushing and Cleaning
After the extraction avoid brushing the teeth near the extarction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, as they tend to irritate the site. Begening 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.

Dry Socket
Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged. andthe healing is significantly delayed. Following the post op instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain, which dosen't appear until three or four days after the extraction. The pain cab be modertae to severe and radiate from the extraction site appears dry.
The doctor will apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to sooth the pain.

Healing
After a tooth has been extracted there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. this process can take many weeks or months. However, after 1-2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience. 

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