Tooth removals occur every day in the US for a variety of reasons. Cavity removal, extractions to create more room in a crowded jaw, wisdom teeth extractions, and removing teeth to prepare for fitting a tooth replacement are all really common procedures. These procedures are very safe and are performed with either local anesthetic or IV anesthesia. We will review your medical history and examine your mouth to make the best plan for removing the tooth or teeth.
An important part of the tooth extraction process is an x-ray. Sometimes your dentist has already sent us an x-ray that shows the tooth involved. At times, we’ll also need to take a digital panorex in order to see your entire jaw to check for any potential issues that could complicate the extraction process.
After a Tooth Extraction
Immediately following the surgery, you should gently clean your mouth. You can brush your teeth – but be careful around the extraction site. Sometimes diluted salt water or diluted mouthwash can be used to gently rinse your mouth and help disinfect the empty space left by the extracted tooth. Frequently, we use natural and homeopathic products to help your mouth heal quicker.
If you smoke (this includes vaping), you should refrain ideally for at least a week after surgery to allow your body to start healing faster. This could be the perfect time to kick the habit!
After a tooth extraction, you can eat most normal foods; however, hard and crunchy foods are not recommended. Foods like chips, pretzels, hard shell tacos, pizza crust, and waffle cones (some of our favorite foods) are not good choices. But if ice cream is also one of those favorite foods, that’s one that’s actually okay after a tooth extraction. You can even have it for breakfast the next day!
Call us at Wilmington Oral Surgery with any questions you may have before your procedure. Our number is 937-382-8020. We look forward to treating you!