Dental Extractions can range from a single tooth to removing multiple teeth at once. Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Others will prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option, which will dissolve on their own.
After the surgery, you will need to rest. You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied after the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat, as this can prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down.
Following most surgical procedures, there may or may not be a pain, depending on your threshold for pain. Your dentist will provide medication for discomfort that is appropriate for you. A non-narcotic pain regimen will be recommended and provided for you in most cases. The use of an ice pack is also recommended for discomfort and to reduce swelling.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing.
When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. Call your dentist for a follow-up if you have prolonged pain, bleeding, or irritation or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly.