Dr. Turnbull may prescribe tooth removal if the tooth is badly fractured or if one or more wisdom teeth are causing problems. Dental extractions may also be needed as part of your orthodontic treatment.
Dental extractions can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A surgical extraction is necessary when a tooth is not easily accessible. If it hasn’t fully broken through the gum line or it has broken under it, Dr.Turnbull will make an incision to access the tooth, and then break it into several pieces so it can be removed. Anesthesia will be administered.
Non-surgical extraction, on the other hand, requires dental forceps and an elevator so that the tooth can be removed. Local anesthesia may be given to numb the area and relieve pain.
The following are tips to help reduce discomfort, lower the risk of infection, and speed up your recovery.
- If you’re prescribed painkillers, take them exactly as instructed.
- Bite gently but firmly on the gauze pad placed over your dental socket. This is to reduce bleeding and encourage clot formation.
- Apply an ice bag immediately after the procedure to reduce swelling.
- Rest for at least 24hours post-extraction. May take longer for surgical extractions.
- Avoid rinsing forcefully for at least 24 hours to avoid dislodging the clot that will form in the socket.
- Do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours.
- Do not smoke.
- Eat soft foods the day after the extraction.
- You can brush and floss your teeth but be careful to avoid the extraction site.
The initial healing period usually takes 1-2 weeks. During this time, gum tissue and new bone will start to grow into the dental socket. At about 8 to 10 weeks after your tooth extraction, new bone will fill the socket and by 6 to 8 months, the extraction site will have fully smoothened out with the contours of the jawbone.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 7.40 am to 4.30 pm
Fridays by appointment
Daniel Turnbull, D.D.S.
1148 Executive Circle, Ste 1
Cary, NC 27511