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term extraction usually sends shivers up peoples spines along with
all sorts of thoughts of pain. The truth of the matter is that having
a tooth pulled, even an involved one such as a wisdom tooth is not painful
at all. An anesthetic such as Novocain is given. Some dentists have the
facilities to give you an IV Sedation, which will put you into what is
known as twilight sleep. If you do not like to hear what is going on around
you many dentists have headphone that you can listen to during your visit
so as to help make you more comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.
the tooth has been pulled there may be tenderness in the area where the
tooth was. This is normal, having a tooth pulled is a form of surgery,
and any area would be tender after such a procedure. Your dentist will
give you complete instructions on care after the procedure has been performed
and in a few days healing will be almost complete. Please speak with your
dentist, he or she can answer any questions you may have and help make
you more comfortable.
A dry socket can occur after a tooth has been extracted where the blood
clot fails to form or disintegrates without undergoing organization. It
can be accompanied by neuralgic pain but without suppuration (infection
/ pus). A dry socket usually occurs as a result of too much rinsing or
"spitting" and thus the blood clot is dislodged or never really
forms. The blood clot acts as a bandage over the recent extraction site.
Symptoms can include a constant throbbing over several days - "it
doesn't seem to go away". If you think that you have a dry socket,
your dentist should be contacted.
their name, wisdom teeth do not bring wisdom. As a matter of fact, because
the skull and jaw of modern man is much smaller than that of our ancestors,
most people do not have enough room for wisdom teeth, or third molars.
It is for this reason that wisdom teeth present so many problems.
are very difficult to keep clean, because they are so hard to reach with
a toothbrush. As a result third molars are often subject to cavities.
Teething, when wisdom teeth are involved can be very painful because they
have very little if any room to grow. They can also push against the teeth
in front of them, causing pressure or worse, damage to the teeth in front
of them. Wisdom teeth can come in between the ages of 17 and 21. Some
of us never get wisdom teeth, and many children today are born without
the buds for them altogether.
wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in, they can cause an infection.
If there is pain or swelling due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, an aspirin
or Tylenol and warm saltwater rinses will help to relieve some of
the pain. It is important to remember that aspirin should never be placed
directly in the mouth or on the gums as aspirin will burn the tissue.
In order to prevent extreme problems associated with wisdom teeth it is
important to contact your dentist as soon as symptoms begin.
instructions are for reference benefits only. Your dentist may give
you the same instructions or instructions that have been modified
based upon the individual care you need.
Should you experience either unusual pain or swelling or both, please
call your dentist immediately!
is to be expected following extractions and other surgical procedures.
The gauze that has been placed in your mouth before you left the office
should remain in position for at least 45 minutes. At the end of the
45 minutes, please take two or three pieces of gauze, fold in half
and if needed fold again and replace the gauze that is in your mouth
and continue biting very firm on the gauze for another 45 minutes
- total time biting on gauze is approximately 1 ˝ hours. Should the
bleeding continue after this, repeat the process, placing gauze for
another 45 minutes. Should there continue to be excessive bleeding
do as follows: ¨ Wipe off excessively large blood clots with sterile
gauze. ¨ Place folded gauze over the bleeding area. ¨ Bite firmly
on pad and maintain gentle pressure for 45 minutes. ¨ Contact the
office or call the emergency telephone number if bleeding persists.
2. Pain. Some discomfort is
normal following surgery. Please take two aspirin or Tylenol™ or
Advil™ or other over-the-counter analgesic as soon as you arrive
at home. Continue to take the analgesic every three to four hours
at least for the first day to minimize any discomfort. If you have
been given a prescription for pain medication, please take as directed
(Do not drive, work with machinery, or drink alcoholic beverages
for at least 6 hours after taking any prescribed pain medication).
Some pain medications may make you nauseous and should be discontinued
if this takes place. If you have a reaction to the medication, stop
the medication and call the office immediately.
3. Antibiotics. If antibiotics
are prescribed, take as directed. Be sure to take all the tablets
prescribed. If any reactions occur, such as a rash or itching, discontinue
all medication immediately and immediately call the office.
Rinsing. Do not rinse your mouth, do not spit and do
not use mouthwash, as any of these will lead to a possible loss
of the blood clot which protects the healing extraction site and
will then lead to pain.
5. Swelling. Following surgery
some swelling is expected. It will reach its peak on the second
day following surgery and it will begin to resolve on the fourth
day. To minimize swelling, apply a covered (with towel) ice bag
to your face for 20-minute intervals, removing the bag for 10 minutes
in between intervals. Continue ice packs for 4-6 hours after surgery.
Temperature. Following surgery it is quite common to
have a slight elevation in temperature. Rest, 2 aspirin or Tylenol™
or other over-the-counter analgesic every 4-hour, and plenty of
fluids will return temperature to normal. If you are taking pain
medication, they will also aid in controlling fever and additional
aspirin or Tylenol™ or other over-the-counter analgesic will not
have to be taken.
Eating. A well balanced diet is important for proper
healing. A soft, bland diet is suggested for the first few days.
Drink plenty of fluids as soon as possible, especially if you have
been given antibiotics. Avoid hot foods, hot liquid and avoid smoking
for at least 48 to 60 hours after surgery. (Smoking will delay
the healing process.)
Impacted teeth. The removal of impacted teeth is quite
different from the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions
may occur, all of which are considered normal: ¨ Swelling and bruising
can be expected. Minimize by using ice packs. ¨ Moderate to severe
pain can be expected. Do not wait until the pain is severe to take
medication. Have the prescription filled and take the first dose
at once. ¨ Trismus (tightness) of the muscles may cause difficulty
in opening the mouth. Should this happen, moist heat applied to
the area should help. A sore throat may also develop. ¨ The corners
of your mouth may dry and crack. Keep moist with ointment or petroleum