Extractions in Aurora, OH
Aurora Dental provides tooth extractions in Aurora, OH. Call 330-562-3400 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but this is not always the case. Tooth extractions may be needed for many reasons, including severe damage or decay, gum disease, infection, or a jaw that is too crowded. Here is what you can expect from a tooth extraction.
Before scheduling your extraction, we will ask for your complete health history. Certain medications and some underlying medical conditions can increase your risk for bleeding. If you are at high risk for infection, you might need an antibiotic. Provide us with your full list of prescription and over the counter medications and supplements, and let us know of any health conditions you have. We will tell you if you need to take any precautions before your extraction.
After thoroughly numbing the tooth and surrounding tissues, we will gently cut away any tissue that is blocking access to the tooth. We will then use forceps to grasp the tooth and rock it back forth to loosen it. Occasionally, we may need to cut a stubborn tooth into pieces for easier removal. Regardless, extractions typically take less than a minute per tooth. We can remove as many teeth as needed in a single procedure.
When the tooth is out, we will clean the socket and place sutures if needed. We will then have you gently bite down on a sterile gauze pad to encourage the formation of a blood clot. Keep it in place for the prescribed length of time, changing to a fresh piece of gauze if it becomes saturated with blood.
Apply an ice pack to your jaw for 10-20 minutes of every hour to limit swelling. For the first 24 hours, avoid spitting, rinsing your mouth, brushing your teeth, or engaging in significant activity. Use pillows to prop up rather than lying flat, and eat only soft, lukewarm foods.
The next day, you can start to return to your normal activities, diet, and oral hygiene routine. Take care to avoid the extraction site when eating or brushing your teeth, and skip foods that are very hard, chewy, or crunchy until the site heals. Do not smoke or participate in very strenuous activities for at least 72 hours, and avoid using a straw or chewing tobacco for a week. Otherwise, you will increase your risk of dislodging the blood clot, potentially leading to a painful dry socket.
When to Call Us
It is normal to experience mild to moderate pain, bleeding, and swelling for the first day or two. If you have uncontrollable bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or any new pain or swelling after three days, call us right away. Fever, chills, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, or excessive drainage from the extraction site could indicate an infection, so call us immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you develop a dry socket, in which the blood clot breaks away and exposes the bone, let us know. The biggest sign is pain that worsens after a few days. Although the condition is not dangerous, it can be extremely painful and can slow healing. We can place a sedative dressing to ease the pain and encourage healing.
You should be back to normal within a couple of days, but it will take one to two weeks for the site to fully heal. We will make a follow-up appointment with you to discuss options for replacing the tooth, as a tooth that is missing for too long can cause shifting in the rest of the teeth.
Call Aurora Dental at 330-562-3400 to schedule your appointment.