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If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it may be necessary to wholly remove the tooth. If this is the case, Dr. Kleckner can often complete it in her office, while some patients are referred to local specialists.
When a permanent tooth is removed, it is normal for the affected area to be sore and tender for a few days. Most pain and symptoms occur within the first 48 hours after an extraction. You may need to take 1-2 days off work or school during recovery. Every patient responds differently to pain. Some patients experience a lot of pain and extensive symptoms while others feel fine within a few hours. Over the counter pain medicines such as Tylenol and Motrin/Advil can be used to manage the pain, as directed on the bottle. Avoid pain medication with aspirin and take any prescription medications that were prescribed to you as directed.
Protecting the clot that forms in the socket is imperative for the full healing process. Smoking and using straws will increase your risk of dislodging the clot and can lead to a dry socket. For this reason, maintain a soft diet for a few days and avoid smoking and straws/sports bottles. Gauze may be used to stop oozing or bleeding from the extraction site; fold the gauze in half twice and place in the extraction site. Apply firm biting pressure on the extraction site for 10-15 minutes. Biting on a moist tea bag will also help stop any lingering bleeding. Do not rinse your mouth or do any forceful spitting for the first 24 hours. You may start gentle salt water rinses after the first 24 hours, and continue to rinse gently for at least 1-2 weeks after extraction. You may brush and floss normally after an extraction, being careful and gentle around the extraction site for the first few days.
If you experience increasing pain and/or increased bleeding, especially after the first 48 hours, please call the office right away for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Kleckner and her staff are committed to comfortable, pain-free care and are eager to help patients.