By Wilmington Dental Associates
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

What your dentists in Wilmington want you to knowtooth extraction

You may need a tooth extracted for a number of reasons; some of the more common ones include wisdom teeth removal, or removal due to periodontal disease, orthodontics, extensive decay, or a failed root canal. Whatever the reason is, it’s important to know what to expect after you have a tooth removed. Your dentists at Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE Dr. Michael Lenz, Dr. John Lenz and Dr. Vattilana want to share the facts about tooth extractions and oral care.

Before your tooth is removed, the area will be thoroughly numbed using a local anesthetic.

Your dentists begin by using specifically designed tools to rock the tooth back and forth. This rocking motion loosens the ligaments which hold your tooth in place, making it easy to remove the tooth. After the tooth is removed, gauze is placed over the surgical area to stop bleeding and enable a blood clot to form. You may or may not need stitches depending on the extraction.

As you are healing, remember to:

  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Apply ice to the area to help reduce swelling and pain
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t use a straw to drink beverages
  • Eat soft foods or liquids

One of the most common complications from tooth extraction is a dry socket. A dry socket happens when the blood clot breaks, exposing bone. You will know you have a dry socket if you experience:

  • Severe pain a few days after having a tooth removed
  • An empty tooth socket where you should see a blood clot
  • Exposed bone within the tooth socket
  • Pain into your eye, ear or neck on the same side as the extraction
  • A bad taste or bad breath

You can begin your regular regimen of brushing and flossing within a few days; avoid brushing the extraction site. You can brush the teeth around it, but be gentle. For more information about tooth extractions, please visit the extractions page on the website at

If you need a tooth extracted, don’t worry! The dentists at Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, Delaware are the experts to see! To find out more about tooth extractions and other dental services, call your dentists at Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE today!


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