How Can I Tell If My Tooth Extraction is Healing Properly?
Our state-of-the-art dental technology and techniques offer multiple options for tooth repair, including crowns and fillings. But while we make the utmost effort to save your pearly whites, sometimes an extraction is necessary or optimal.
And our compassionate vastly experienced Dr. Rachel Moon would love to help you enjoy long-term dental health and happiness. To discover the most promising treatment option for you, get in touch with us today at Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA.
Multiple scenarios may necessitate an extraction
If one (or more) of your teeth are damaged or decayed beyond repair, either due to an injury, infection, or improper or inconsistent oral hygiene habits, it may have to be removed. Alternatively, if the tooth in question is interfering with your bite or other aspects of daily living, or if it can potentially cause crowding or misalignment, an extraction may be necessary.
But not to worry, our caring, expert team strives to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer various forms of sedation to numb pain, including nitrous oxide, to put you in a more mellow mental state. Plus, the extraction itself is a gentler process than many may realize. After we loosen the selected tooth, we carefully rock it back and forth until it’s ready to slip out. Afterward, you’ll take home a fully personalized post-treatment plan that will help you achieve optimal recovery in Chester Springs, Byers, Ludwigs Corner, Eagle, Lionville, or Exton, PA.
How to tell if the extraction site is healing properly
The recuperative process varies from person to person, though a blood clot should form within a day or so. A bit of seepage may be normal, but if you experience what you feel is excessive or consistent bleeding, please feel free to get in touch with us or visit our Chester Springs, PA practice.
You will also experience some soreness and swelling, though the healing process should be well underway several days after your procedure. The gums will begin to close, and the site around the extraction will lose some of its redness, soreness, and inflammation. In addition, all sorts of new tissues will be blooming at the healing site, including collagen and white blood cells.
If the pain doesn’t subside after several days, or if it worsens or morphs into a different type of pain (i.e., if it evolves from a dull ache to a throbbing sensation), this may be the result of an infection, which may also manifest as white or yellow pus, fever, or a bad taste in your mouth.
In general, a worsening of any post-treatment symptoms may indicate some kind of issue, in which case, we implore you to contact us as soon as possible. Even if it’s revealed that there’s no complication, you know the old saying: better safe than sorry, and it’s imperative when it comes to your health and comfort.
There are certain things you can do to expedite your recovery. To avoid dislodging the blood clot and re-opening the extraction site, it’s best to avoid smoking, spitting, or using straws. You’ll also want to eat soft foods and avoid temperature extremes for the first few days. Proper dental hygiene is still necessary, though we’ll provide you with specific cleaning tips, as well any prescriptions for pain medication or antibiotics should either be required.
Contact us as soon as possible if you’d like to learn more or have any questions or concerns
Dr. Rachel Moon and our experienced dental team at Byers Station Dental are dedicated to your dental health and optimal outcome because we value your well-being as much as you do. So, if you have any questions about a potential future extraction or any concerns about a previous procedure, please reach out to us or pay us a visit in Chester Springs, PA.