Extractions in Lafayette, IN

After careful examination your dentist may advise you to have a tooth extracted. Teeth are extracted due to circumstances such as: severe decay, severe fractures, advanced gum disease, extensive infection, orthodontic necessity, or impaction. 

Tooth extractions are done at our office under local anesthesia (numbing of the teeth and gums). At the patient's request nitrous oxide can also be utilized. Most extractions can be performed at our office. If your doctor feels that complications are likely to arise with your tooth extraction they may refer you to an oral surgeon for removal of the tooth. You will also be referred to an oral surgeon for extraction of teeth that are impacted in the jaws.      

Post-Op Instructions Following Dental Extractions

Bleeding:  Bite firmly on the gauze pads in your mouth for 30 minutes, change gauze every thirty minutes until the bleeding turns a light pink.  If you experience persistent bleeding, place a moist tea bag on the site and apply pressure for thirty minutes. Some blood-tinged saliva is normal for the first 48 hours. .  If you feel bleeding is excessive, please call our office.

Preventing a Dry Socket:  A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms in the extraction site is disturbed or removed.  You should avoid spitting, drinking through a straw, and smoking, for 4 days, as all of these can disturb the blood clot.  It is also recommended to avoid rinsing with mouthwash or salt water for at least 48 hours following the extraction

Pain:  Some discomfort is to be expected after surgery. The first 24-48 hours are generally the most uncomfortable.  If you are experiencing only mild pain, OTC medications such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve should be adequate.  If pain medication was prescribed take as directed by your doctor.    

Antibiotic:  If you were prescribed an antibiotic due to infection, make sure to take it as prescribed.   

Swelling and Bruising:  Some swelling is normal after surgery. To minimize swelling an ice pack can be placed on your face adjacent to extraction site for the first 24 hours.  Ice should be used in intervals of 30 minutes on and then 30 minutes off.  After 24 hours moist heat should be used instead, 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off, as needed.  Bruising may occur, this is a normal part of the healing process. This should resolve in 7-10 days.

Diet:  Soft foods may be eaten after the anesthetic wears off. Avoid very hot or spicy foods to help minimize the discomfort to the surgical site.  Also avoid crunchy foods that may irritate the extraction site.  Avoid drinking from a straw for 4 days following surgery.        

Nausea:  Nausea may be caused by any of the medications given to you for pain control. Take pain medications with a small amount of food, and at least a full glass of water.

Hygiene:  Brush gently, avoiding the surgical site. After 48 hours, gently rinsing with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz water) 4-6 times daily will reduce discomfort and help prevent infection. 

If you have concerns about excessive pain, bleeding, infections, or any other problems, please contact us at (765) 446-9606.