Tooth ExtractionsAn Overview
For patients with advanced tooth decay or a severely damaged tooth, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Dr. Weinstock will make every attempt to save a natural tooth with dental fillings or root canals but for some patients, tooth extraction is the only viable treatment.
A tooth extraction is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in one visit to our office with the use of a local anesthetic. For patients with fear of the dentist, Dr. Weisntock provides sedation dentistry options for optimal comfort during the procedure. A tooth extraction is a routine procedure that Dr. Weinstock can perform from the comfort of his Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist office.
Replacing An Extracted Tooth
Prosthodontist Dr. Weinstock offers comprehensive dental implant services for the replacement of missing teeth. During your one-on-one consultation, you and Dr. Weinstock can discuss options for replacing your extracted tooth. Dental implants are the standard in tooth replacement for their long term oral health benefits. Natural looking and functioning, dental implants can restore your smile and your confidence.
In need of extensive dental work such as a bridge, crowns, and partials, Dr. Weinstock came highly recommended by an accomplished endodontist. Dr. Weinstock completed the challenging procedures with not only exemplary skills but with the utmost concern for my trepidations. The final results fulfilled all my expectations…an awesome smile!…Margie J
Would I recommend Dr. Weinstock??? I definitely would and have. I don’t think there is any procedure left that my mouth and I haven’t undergone…from regular checkups to implants and everything in-between so I do speak from experience. And as a side note – to all of the women of…Carol Z.
I first came to Dr. Weinstock’s office shortly after breaking my two front teeth at age nine. Unlike my previous dentist, Dr. Weinstock was able to bond my teeth so that they appeared normal and did not randomly break off. Seven years later, I decided to get veneers. Dr. Weinstock’s…Sarah C.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
After a tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for the next 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as it can increase blood pressure and increase bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two or three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 610-667-2770.