What to Expect
Having a tooth extracted can happen for a number of reasons and is a common procedure that many children and adults experience. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have any other conditions that could interfere with the procedure or put you at risk for infection, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or a history of bacterial endocarditis.
When a tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will likely use a local anesthetic and may also use sedation to make you feel comfortable during your oral surgery visit. Extractions are performed at both our Groton and Willimantic dental offices, so you won't have to worry about going to an outpatient oral surgery center. We have a great team of dentists and oral surgeons that will work to take care of you during your tooth removal.
Your First Visit
During your first visit, your dentist will evaluate your overall dental health and any teeth that are causing you discomfort, while also determining if any teeth are in need of extraction. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may require more than one visit. During your visits, be sure to ask any questions or let your dentist know about any concerns or additional issues you are experiencing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants may be placed immediately following your tooth extraction, depending on your specific type of extraction. Immediate placement will occur after surgery if there is sufficient bone present around the extraction site. If the bone around the extraction needs to heal, placing the implant may wait 3 - 6 months while healing.
Soft, malleable food is recommended. Liquid and soft foods such as apple sauce, yogurt, smoothies, soups, and mashed potatoes are the easiest to consume. Come cold foods, such as Jell-O, pudding, and ice cream, can temporarily soothe the pain and discomfort you may experience.
Be sure to avoid any consumption that involves sucking, such as drinking through a straw or smoking. This can cause stitches to be removed and open dry sockets in your gums.
Generally, pain from tooth extractions can last about a week. Pain will begin to decrease after the third day of healing, and after a week, new tissue will start to form at the extraction site. The first two days of recovery are the ones that will require the most attention and care. Bleeding will stop once the blood clot forms, which occurs during the two days immediately after. Be sure to rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and eat soft and malleable foods to avoid irritating the recovery area. If a dry socket forms at the dental extraction site, this will slow the recovery time and cause undue pain at the site.