There are two kinds of tooth extractions: surgical and simple. A surgical extraction is needed for impacted wisdom teeth and requires the removal and repair of gum tissue and bone. A simple extraction is needed for a damaged tooth that cannot be repaired, to relieve tooth crowding in your mouth, or to make room for orthodontics.
After an extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket. This clot has a very important job to do, which is protecting the exposed nerves and jawbone while the socket heals. If the clot is removed or ruptured, your body will become vulnerable to infection, and you will probably be in a great deal of pain. Your dentist can clean the area and place a dressing over it, but the best thing to do is to make sure that the clot stays intact.
For the first 12 hours after the surgery, you probably won’t want to feel like eating, but after 12 hours, stick with cool, soft foods for about 24 hours. After 24 hours, you can brush your remaining teeth, but you should rinse the extraction area with a saltwater solution or an antiseptic. Tobacco can slow the healing process. Smoking, or using a straw can create suction which can disrupt or remove the clot.
If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble, our dentist, Dr. Kamy Noruzi will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Fox River Periodontics, PC in Geneva, Illinois, call 630-232-7400 today, and let’s get you back to having a healthy smile!