The dentist’s top priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. Sometimes, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Having a tooth removed or “pulled” is called a tooth extraction.

The Extraction Process

Your dentist will first administer an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. The anesthetic will numb your nerves and eliminate any pain from being experienced. The entire extraction should be over in a matter of minutes.

It is normal to experience a small amount of bleeding following your extraction. We will send you home with a patch of gauze placed in the affected area as well as at-home instructions for follow-up care. Minimal bleeding may occur for the next 24 hours or so and is completely normal.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. After an extraction, do not:

  • Rinse vigorously
  • Suck on straws
  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol
  • Brush teeth roughly next to the extraction site

These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and prevent the area from healing properly. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

Pain medication may be prescribed by your dentist, use as directed. Call our office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. After the extraction, it is important to drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft foods. You are able to eat normally as soon as you feel comfortable.