Tooth extractions are common for a variety of reasons. Sometimes people develop cavities that are too large for repair. In some cases, a severe pulp infection requires the removal of the tooth. We’ve seen plenty of patients who needed tooth extractions and continue to do so weekly here at Miller Family Dental in Torrance, CA.
At Miller Family Dental, we understand that many patients who are getting a tooth extracted for the first time don’t know what to expect. They expect a complicated procedure with a long recovery time. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need so you know to prepare for it.
The removal of a tooth can be intimidating and isn’t easy for most of our patients. The procedure itself, however, is a lot less complicated than people think. We usually extract most teeth in less than 60 minutes, with some taking as little as 5-10 minutes. Unfortunately, it’s hard to predict exactly how much time it’ll take for each person.
There are two main types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. In a simple extraction, we just elevate the tooth and pull it out. In a surgical extraction, we make an incision in the gum to make the removal easier.
We’ll always use appropriate anesthesia before anything is done to guarantee a pain-free procedure. The main thing people worry about is pain, and we try to eliminate it. With anesthesia, you’ll feel pressure, but no pain.
Most people completely recover from a tooth extraction in a couple of days. The recovery period might be slightly longer in those who get surgical extractions. We recommend applying an ice pack to your cheek for 10 minute periods following the extraction to control swelling.
We’ll place a piece of gauze over the extraction site, and you’ll need to bite on it firmly for about 3 hours to control bleeding and allow clot formation. Painkillers will also be prescribed and you should take them as advised.
You should take the following day off from work and avoid using a straw and smoking. If any other precautions are needed, we’ll be sure to let you know.