Routine Extractions. There are instances when a tooth cannot be restored. … After a careful and thoughtful review of the patient’s medical and dental history, the routine extraction of a tooth using local anesthesia is a common procedure performed within the dental office.
Simple tooth extractions remove visible teeth. They are usually performed by a general dentist. A surgical extraction is more complicated; it involves a tooth that is impacted inside the jaw and cannot be removed without making an incision. Surgical extractions are sometimes referred out depending on the severity.
For a simple extraction (which involves removing a tooth that has already erupted into the mouth), the recovery process is usually very brief. Typically, your dentist will ask that you at least take about 48-72 hours to relax afterward so the treatment area is allowed to clot.
After a tooth is extracted you may experience some swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face. This is the body’s normal and healthy reaction to surgery. Most swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until 48 to 72 hours post-operatively.
You should wait at least a week to eat any crunchy, chewy, or spicy foods. Avoid acidic foods that can irritate tissue and cause pain in the healing surgical sites. Recovering from wisdom tooth surgery can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, but most people begin to feel better after about three days.
Signs of an infection in the mouth include:
- Bad breath.
- Bitter taste in the mouth.
- Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold.
- Swelling of the gum.
- Swollen glands of the neck.
- Swelling in the jaw.