Having a tooth taken out can be a scary experience, luckily if you come prepared knowing what to expect it will be a better experience.

Your tooth may need to come out for a variety of reasons. Once it has been determined that your tooth needs to be extracted there are a few things you will need to do to prepare.

Shopping List

We suggest having a few supplies on hand before your appointment, as you want to be able to go home and take care of yourself after your tooth extraction appointment, not have to make your way through the grocery store!

Supplies to have on hand prior to your extraction:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol
  • Tea bags
  • Soft foods

Will My Tooth Extraction Hurt?

The most common cause of fear during and extraction is will it hurt during and after? During your extraction you will be numb, meaning that you will not feel any sharp pain. This does not mean you won’t feel anything; most patients report they feel a pressure sensation during extractions, unfortunately this feeling cannot be prevented. Although you will feel the pressure the extraction itself should not feel sharp.

Keep a Gauze Pad Placed Over the Extraction Site

Following your extraction, it will be important to keep biting on the gauze placed over the extraction site for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bite firmly, but gently on the gauze pad to reduce bleeding. This allows a blood clot to form inside the empty tooth socket. Make sure you don’t chew on the gauze pad.

If you are still experiencing active bleeding and need to replace the gauze pad, roll up a few pieces of new gauze and get them slightly damp. Keep holding pressure until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding has continued after a few hours, dampen a tea bag and bite on it. Remember, it’s not unusual to experience residual bleeding for up to 24 hours after a tooth extraction.

Pain Management 

For pain management, Tylenol and Ibuprofen have been clinically proven to work better than any narcotic. Your doctor will recommend dosing to you.

Other important post-operative factors include:

  • No smoking for THREE days, minimum
  • No drinking through a straw for a minimum of three days
  • No alcohol or carbonated beverages the day of extraction
  • Eat soft foods for the first few days
  • Expect swelling to increase up until day three and then it will start to decrease
  • Brush your teeth as you normally would, just be cautious around the extraction site

It Takes Time to Heal

If there are any special post-op instructions for you, your dentist will go over that with you. Your extraction site takes approximately 2 weeks to fully heal. It is important for you to monitor the area and call your dentist if it becomes very painful or is not healing.

Always call your dentist if you have any concerns or feel like your extraction site is not healing normally.

Learn More from WebMD about tooth extraction HERE.

Tooth Extraction at Luff Dental

There are many reasons you may need to have a tooth extraction, including trauma and decay. Either way, if you’re in pain, Dr. Luff can help. If you need to have a tooth pulled, give us a call for a consultation to help relieve your pain and improve your smile! Learn more about Preventative, Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry available at Luff Dental.

Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment or click HERE and we’ll connect with you!