If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone.
TOOTH REMOVAL Procedures
There are two types of extractions:
- A simple extraction – this procedure is on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth.
- A surgical extraction – this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
Tips for Pain Management After TOOTH REMOVAL
Here are a few tips to help minimize your discomfort and speed recovery:
- You can put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Alternate 20 minute on and 20 minutes off.
- Eat soft and cool foods for a few days.
- Starting 24 hours after surgery, swish with warm salt water. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of water.
- You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was.