Directly after the extraction, you’ll be asked to keep gauze on the extraction site to help the blood clot. It’s important to protect this clot as the wound heals. Eat soft foods, and don’t smoke, use a straw or spit, as these actions can dislodge the clot.
Most people feel some discomfort after having a tooth extracted. You can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. Dr. Kilby will recommend the dosage that’s right for you. Further, Dr. Kilby may prescribe other medications if necessary.
You can also use icepacks to decrease any swelling. If your jaw is still stiff after any swelling has subsided, try warm compresses.
In general, bleeding last only a day or two after the extraction, swelling may last for one to three days, and any pain should go away after a few days.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
A surgical extraction may be needed if:
The tooth has broken off at the gum line.
The tooth hasn’t come in yet (wisdom teeth, for example)
The tooth has especially large or curved roots
During a surgical extraction, most patients are able to have the procedure completed with local anesthetic only. However, if you feel anxiety about the procedure, Dr. Kilby may be able to prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication to help you cope with your procedure. The procedure is virtually painless. You might feel pressure or pulling, but no pain.