• Tooth Extraction with Metro Dental Care

    When a tooth is severly damaged, there may be no other choice except to remove the tooth.

Tooth Extraction

Typically your dentist will be the one to not only diagnose and find the damaged tooth, but he/she will more than likely be the one to remove the tooth as well.

Removing the damaged tooth might seem a little more intimidating than what it really is. Before your dentist removes the tooth, they will give you a local anesthetic which will numb the area around the tooth that is being removed.

After having an extraction we recommend continuous pressure on the extraction site 30-45 minutes depending on the bleeding. Gauze will be provided for you to take home. It is okay to brush and floss gently around the area. If bleeding persists bite on a tea bag (i.e. Lipton Tea Bag, not an herbal one) until subsided.

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What should I know if I get a tooth extracted?

There are a few things that should be avoided for the first 24 hours to prevent dry sockets:

  • No Alcoholic Beverages
  • No Sucking fluids through a straw
  • No Smoking
  • No Spitting

Pain medication may have been provided for you. If not, take up to 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours for discomfort. If you did not receive a prescription and feel that additional pain medication is necessary, please call(303) 534-2626.

24 hours after surgery it is beneficial to rinse with warm salt water. Swelling and/or bruising are normal and can be reduced with an ice pack. Ice should be applied for 20 minutes as needed.

Sutures, or stitches, may have been placed. Some sutures are absorbable and some must be removed. Your dentist will let you know if and when they need to be removed