Tooth extraction relieves your mouth of painful individual teeth or problematic dental conditions. During a tooth removal appointment with Guard Your Smile Dentistry, patients can expect professional dental treatment with little to no pain, followed by detailed aftercare instructions to promote proper healing. Depending on the situation, extractions may take less than a day for recovery, while others may require a couple of days.

Simple Extraction

Simple extractions remove visible teeth with no severe tooth decay or damage. Before beginning the extraction, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Using a specialized tool, your dentist separates the tooth from its socket. The dentist gently moves your tooth back and forth to fully remove it from your mouth.

Simple extractions take a short time to complete, so most patients take the day of the procedure off from work or school. Others may schedule it for later in the day or on a day before the weekend. Depending on how many teeth you have removed at once, your pain tolerance, and recommendations from Guard Your Smile Dentistry, you should plan accordingly for your simple extraction appointment.

Simple Extraction Aftercare

Simple extractions require minimal aftercare efforts. Eat soft foods for the first few hours after tooth extraction and chew on the other side of your mouth for the next week. If you need pain relief, use ibuprofen or other trusted over-the-counter pain medication. 

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water if you have pain or swelling around the extraction site, and use a cold or warm compress for jaw discomfort. For the first few days, practice gentle brushing around the extraction area. After your mouth heals, you can resume your regular diet and brush and floss like usual.

Surgical Extraction

Complex extractions often require surgical procedures to retrieve broken teeth, separated roots, or impacted teeth. Surgical extractions may include cutting into the gums and roof of the mouth or removing bone surrounding a tooth. To ensure your comfort during a surgical extraction, you’ll receive a local anesthetic at the beginning of the procedure, with additional doses if needed.

The more invasive nature of surgical extractions may require extended recovery times. Some patients take up to two days off of work so they can rest, while others may opt to take longer for deeper or more extensive extractions. In addition, some surgical extractions require follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.

Surgical Extraction Aftercare

The complexity of your surgical extraction dictates how you care for your mouth at home. Guard Your Smile Dentistry will provide thorough instructions on what you can and cannot do while your mouth heals, a timeline of typical recovery phases, and what to do in the case of continued discomfort or pain. For the best healing results, follow your instruction sheet and call us if you have any questions or concerns while recovering.

Tooth Extractions in Annapolis, MD

Call (410) 268-5751 to schedule a consultation with Guard Your Smile Dentistry today if you believe your oral health would benefit from simple or complex tooth extraction.