An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding; like wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure.
If you need an extraction, Dr. Mohn will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, he will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
After the extraction you will need to rest. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Dr. Mohn may prescribe pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after the extraction. Some recommended foods are:
- Jell-O gelatin
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing
Here are additional tips to help make recovery easier:
- Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours
- Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously
- Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours
If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call Dr. Mohn’s office immediately.
If you need a tooth extraction, contact our office today.