Tooth Extractions in San Antonio
The Most Common Reasons for an Extraction Are:
What to Expect
When you come to the clinic, we’ll take X-rays to help us plan the best procedure for removal. Then the area will be numbed using local anesthesia, so only pressure will be felt, not pain. Dr. Cruse will explain the steps in detail and answer any questions.
After the extraction, we’ll give detailed instructions on how to promote the healing process. This includes what to take for discomfort, how to handle any swelling, and how to keep the area clean.
At Home Care
Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this. Blood clots will form in the empty socket as part of the healing process. Be careful not to dislodge the clot.
Patients should also avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction, use of a straw, smoking, or hot liquids. Any chewing should be away from the extraction site.
Swelling can be controlled by using an ice pack, and non-prescription medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used for pain. Don’t brush the teeth near the extraction site for one day; resume gentle cleaning the next day. Avoid commercial mouth rinses; after 24 hours, rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.
After 1-2 weeks, any inconvenience should be gone. Over time, the hole in the jawbone will fill in with bone.