About Tooth Extractions
What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal?
Dr. Cutting will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, Dr. Cutting will advise you of what post-extraction regimen to follow. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, you may experience some pain or swelling. Applying a cold cloth or an ice bag next to the area may help to relieve these symptoms. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual but take care not to clean the tooth located right next to the tooth socket where the extraction took place.
Tooth Replacement Options
Aside from wisdom teeth, it is important to replace missing or extracted teeth. Missing teeth expose the gums to more bacteria and can cause teeth to move or shift, leading to potential problems with the fit of the bite or TMJ function.
Dr. Cutting offers a full range of replacement options for missing teeth including dental implants, bridges and dentures. Most procedures can be completed in the comfort of our Edgewater dental office in one or two visits.