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7 Things to Avoid During Recovery from Oral Surgery

Posted in Oral Surgery

Did you just have your wisdom teeth removed? Get a gum tissue graft? Whatever the reason may be, a restful recovery will help you heal quickly and get back on your feet in no time.


Smoking is the biggest thing that can slow down healing in the mouth. It constricts the blood vessels, which prevents healing nutrients from reaching the surgical site. If you smoke, try to give the habit a break for at least a few days.

Drinking Through a Straw

Sipping on a straw creates a vacuum in the mouth that can pull the healing clot right out of a surgical site. You need that clot to stay in place to stop bleeding and promote healing.


Physical activity ups your blood pressure. While you do need plenty of circulation around the injury, too much pressure can put stress on the tissue and disturb the blood clot.

Bending Over

Bending over too often or for too long can also increase blood pressure in your head and mouth, disrupting the healing site.

Sleeping Laying Down

Keep your head always slightly elevated, even while sleeping. This will keep both swelling and blood pressure to a minimum.

Vigorous Rinsing

You may have instructions to swish with a medicated rinse or warm salt water in the first days after a tooth extraction. Just be extremely gentle – a vigorous swish can unplug the healing clot and lead to dry socket.

Hard or Chewy Foods

Soups, smoothies, and ice cream are the safest things to eat right after oral surgery.

Your oral surgeon may have other instructions tailored to your needs so contact him or her if you have any other questions or concerns.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050


Can You Keep a Tooth After It’s Extracted?

You’re curious: would your dentist let you keep your extracted tooth?

Federal Law on Extracted Teeth

You might be surprised to find out that there are no regulations or federal laws on who gets to keep extracted teeth.

Even OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does not restrict returning extracted teeth to patients.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) itself states this:

“Once an extracted tooth is returned to a patient, it is no longer considered a potential risk to dental health care personnel and is no longer subject to the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.”

State Law on Extracted Teeth

Most states don’t have any clear regulations on returning teeth to patients. A few, like Florida, allow patients to keep extracted teeth after they’ve been disinfected. Check with your dentist to find out whether there are any local restrictions on getting your tooth back.

Why Don’t Dentists Return Extracted Teeth?

There is no law compelling dentists to give patients their extracted teeth. Dentists, however, are under law to ensure that a pulled tooth is properly disposed of as infectious waste. Most dentists are simply more comfortable with getting rid of a tooth in the regulated way.

If you really want to keep your tooth after a tooth extraction, whether because it has a gold filling, sentimental value, or would come in handy for showing off, talk about it with your dentist. It’s best to work out a plan long before you need to have a tooth extraction.

Best of all, try to keep your teeth securely in your mouth where they belong! Regular dental checkups will help you do just that.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565


Does It Hurt to Get a Tooth Pulled?

The idea of getting a tooth pulled can be a scary one if you’ve never had it done before. But don’t stress out over it too much – it’s a lot easier than you might imagine.

You Won’t Feel A Thing!

For most patients, a little local anesthetic is enough to help them get through the procedure. As long as the area around your tooth is numbed up, the tooth extraction won’t hurt, at all.

Doze Your Way Through An Extraction

What if numbing shots don’t work on you? Or what if you’re still terrified at the mere thought of getting a tooth pulled?

Your dentist likely has methods for sedating anxious patients so that they can relax during treatment. Ask about dental sedation for your extraction appointment.

Encourage Fast Healing

As long as you follow your dentist’s directs post-extraction, recovery should be quick and easily managed when it comes to discomfort. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may be able to take an over-the-counter painkiller to ward off any discomfort.

Imagine The Relief!

A tooth extraction is always for the benefit of your smile. Teeth may have to go because they or the surrounding tissues are diseased or damaged. In that case, an extraction will only bring you relief. It’ll feel so good to have that painful bother out of your mouth.

Focus on how much better your smile will look once the problem tooth is gone. Today’s dentistry offers a variety of options for replacing lost teeth. You’ll soon have your smile looking better than ever before.

Contact your dentist to discuss any other concerns you have about getting a tooth pulled.

Posted on behalf of:
Salt Run Family Dentistry
700 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 824-3540


3 Reasons NOT To Pull Your Tooth

If you have a toothache or a cavity, pulling the tooth may sometimes seem like your best option. After all, extractions provide fast relief, are inexpensive, and you can deal with the problem later on when you have more time. Right? Not exactly. Here are 3 reasons why it may be in your best option to not have your tooth pulled: 

It’s Better to Preserve Your Natural Tooth

If a tooth can be repaired, it’s best to try to retain it. After all, there’s nothing quite like having the integrity of a natural tooth. Repairing a damaged area right now with a crown is a better option than pulling the tooth and getting a bridge later. 

Missing Teeth Impact Your Entire Bite

Pulling just one tooth can cause other teeth to shift out of place – even teeth in the opposing arch! If you’ve invested in braces in the past, or have a relatively straight smile, this can create a nightmare. Each tooth plays an important role in the placement and alignment of other teeth in the mouth. One extra space can create a chain reaction of shifting throughout your entire smile. 

It Costs More Money Over Time

While an extraction may seem like your cheapest option, you need to step back and look at the big picture. How do you plan to replace the tooth in the future? It is typically more cost effective to fix the tooth and extend its lifespan.

If cost of care is a concern, ask your dentist about financing options that may be available. In most cases, treating your toothache sooner will be more cost effective and affordable for your future smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


Recovery After Your Dental Extraction

Dental extractions are an everyday procedure that helps patients eliminate pain, disease, and infection. Most of the time, patients are concerned leading up to the procedure and how their dentist will manage to keep them comfortable during the appointment. You’ll find that your dentist will have implemented various ways to alleviate discomfort and anxiety, and that teeth extractions are much simpler than you thought! In many cases, extractions can be very short procedures to complete.

What comes next, after your procedure is over? You’ll want to take various steps to prevent infection and discomfort during your recovery. In most cases, you will need to have a gauze compress against the area for the first hour, until bleeding stops. For the first 24 hours it is important not to smoke, drink through straws, or drink carbonated beverages. Doing any of these things can interfere with cloth formation at the extraction site, causing a complication known as “dry socket.” Dry sockets are very uncomfortable, and can take up to 2 weeks for a patient to recover from. Instead, eat soft foods like pudding, gelatin, warm (not hot) soup, or ice cream.

A warm and cold compress may be alternated on the side of the face, near the extraction site. This limits any swelling that may occur after the procedure. Your dentist may also recommend that you take ibuprophen or even prescribe a pain reliever for you to take for a few days. Sometimes sutures may be needed. If so, your dentist will provide you with written home care instructions about how to manage the suture site until you return to have them removed.

Should you experience severe discomfort, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection, please contact your dentist immediately.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental



Managing Discomfort After an Extraction

Dental extractions require a special amount of care in order to manage discomfort, proper healing, and avoiding possible infection. In the beginning, discomfort may be more noticeable but it begins to recede after a few days. Most tooth extraction sites are completely healed within 2 weeks! In order to prevent discomfort and manage any irritation following your procedure, it’s very important for patients to carefully follow their home care instructions that were given to them on the day of their procedure.

Follow proper dosing of pain relief medication that is prescribed by your doctor. Whether it’s an over-the-counter drug or a prescription pain reliever, taking it at the appropriate dosage and on the right time schedule can prevent pain from recurring when it is otherwise avoidable. If the medication irritates your stomach that does not mean you’re allergic to the medicine, it most likely just means you need to have some food in your stomach before you take the medication. Drinking a glass of milk or eating gelatin first can help.

Avoid chewing on hard, solid food until a few days have passed. Select soft foods like mashed potatoes, soup, ice cream or gelatin. That way you won’t irritate the clot developing in your extraction site, or hurt yourself if you accidentally chew near that area.

Alternate a warm and cold compress to the side of your face for the rest of the day following your treatment. This can help prevent inflammation from occurring. Rinsing with warm salt water is also a natural way to prevent inflammation, but be sure to rinse softly so as not to disturb the clot in your extraction site.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli




Smoking After a Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will give you lots of instructions to follow after having a tooth extracted. In fact, there may seem to be so many of them that you’ll have to read over the home care instructions sheet after your appointment so that you don’t forget them all. The list may seem to go on and on, but the reasons behind each of these home care steps has a single purpose: to aid in your recovery time and the successful healing of your dental procedure.

Avoiding cigarettes and smoking of any kind is extremely important after you’ve had a wisdom tooth extraction or any other tooth extracted. That’s because the cigarette smoke can interfere with the ability of the blood to clot in the socket. Inappropriate healing or lack of blood supply in these areas (caused by the smoke) can cause a very painful condition called dry socket. Dry sockets take much longer to heal than an extraction in a healthy mouth, and are known to cause severe pain for a prolonged period before healing finally takes place.

Other types of things you should avoid after an extraction include drinking through a straw, consuming carbonated beverages, and vigorous rinsing. Carefully follow your dentist’s directions after your procedure to ensure a quick, successful recovery period from your oral surgery.

If you’re experiencing any type of discomfort or complications after your extraction, contact your dentist as soon as possible. It may be necessary to prescribe a medication or to directly place a medication into the specific area of your mouth. Applying a cold compress to the side of your face and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications are also useful.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery



Tooth Extractions

Occasionally it is necessary for dentists to remove a tooth, which is severely damaged as a result of decay, trauma or an infection.  Sometimes despite several dental procedures to attempt to save a tooth, it is in the best interests of the patient to go ahead and remove the tooth.  In addition, sometimes it is necessary for a child to have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted as a part of orthodontic treatment.  While the thought of having a tooth extracted in not a pleasant thought for most people, a skilled dentist and their support staff will be able to make the process as relaxing and comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

During the initial consultation, the dentist will help the patient understand why the extraction is necessary and will be glad to answer any questions that the patient may have, including follow up restorative options.  Many patients find that knowing about how the teeth extractions procedure will occur actually helps ease the fear, while others want to know nothing about the procedure except when will it be over!  Depending upon the patient’s anxiety, the dentist may discuss sedation during the procedure as well.  Sedation is where the patient is given a series of drugs that puts them completely as ease where they drift into sleep during the procedure, however the patient continues to breath on their own.

In some cases, the dentist will be able to perform the extraction on the same day, while in other cases the extraction will be scheduled on another day.  Prior to the extraction occurring, the dentist will make sure that the patient will be free of any discomfort by utilizing a series on injections or a combination of injections and sedation.  The actual extraction is quick and will be over with before you know it.  The dentist will be sure to provide the patient with any pain medication that may be necessary after the procedure and will schedule a follow up visit to monitor the healing process.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel



Dental Extractions

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many adults that is not the case. Losing teeth as children is as natural as a baby crying, but for adults tooth loss is not a wanted occurrence. There are a number of reasons why dental extractions are necessary. If a tooth extraction is necessary for you, don’t put it off. Your entire health is affected by your dental hygiene.

Many times dentists will extract teeth in order to prepare for orthodontic treatment. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align teeth, which may not be achievable if teeth are too big for your mouth or there is simply not room for all of your teeth to erupt through your gum line.

If your tooth has been damaged and has tooth decay that has reached the center of your tooth, it will typically be extracted. The normal forming bacteria in yoru mouth will bond to decayed tooth enamel and will fester and spread in your mouth. Without extraction, the tooth decay can spread to the surrounding teeth.

Dentists and oral surgeons perform teeth extractions. An injection will be given to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth removed, a stronger anesthetic will be used to prevent pain throughout the extraction process.

Dental extractions in children are typically performed to make way for permanent teeth. In adults there is usually an underlying health concern. Talk with your dentist about what can be done after the extraction to recreate your full smile. Dental extractions may be necessary for you, but do not need to mean that your smile is put into hiding. Trust your dentist to know what is best for you, and talk about your desires for after your extraction.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



5 Reasons to Pull a Tooth

Having a tooth pulled is probably the last thing in the world you would want to have done. And believe it or not, it is not a favorite for your dentist either, even though it is probably one of the most common procedures to have done at the dentist’s office, next to fillings.

Dentists don’t like to do teeth extractions because it is seen as a last resort. Once an adult tooth is gone, it is gone for good.

People need to have their teeth pulled for many reasons, but here are the five most common:

1. Tooth decay – If much of the tooth is gone and the decay is starting to eat away at the root of the tooth, and the tooth can’t be saved by a root canal, the dentist will opt to remove it.  Otherwise, the decay will start to spread to adjacent teeth. If a tooth has reached this point, the patient is also likely to be in a great amount of pain.

2. Overcrowding – As permanent teeth come in, the teeth sometimes grow on top of each other, or the baby teeth remain intact and blocking development of the new tooth. In this situation, the dentist will remove the tooth to promote healthy growth.

3. Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth generally come in sometime during your late teens or early adulthood. When there isn’t enough room for them in the far back of the mouth, they can be blocked inside the gums, which can become very painful. The only way to relieve the pain is to extract the wisdom teeth.

4. Periodontal disease – In the advanced stages of gum disease, teeth can become loose. Sometimes, the dentist will opt to remove the tooth.

5. Risk of infection – If your immune system is in a weakened state due to disease such as cancer, an infected tooth could seriously compromise the health of the patient. To lessen that risk, your dentist or doctor might recommend the tooth be pulled.

Posted on behalf of Park South Dentistry


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