Having a tooth extracted may be necessary for numerous reasons, such as decay, trauma and/or disease. No matter why it may be necessary, tooth extraction is a fairly routine procedure that the doctors here at Omaha Oral Surgery perform every day. Continue reading to find out why a tooth extraction procedure may be necessary and how you can make sure that your tooth extraction healing time is as speedy and comfortable as possible. Here at Omaha Oral Surgery, we make the tooth removal process easy.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
- Periodontal Disease: Extracting teeth may be necessary if, as in the case of wisdom teeth, they are too difficult to reach for cleaning. This situation can lead to a buildup of bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
- Infection: Infection can result from excessive bacteria buildup.
- Pain: The eruption of wisdom teeth can be very painful, necessitating their removal.
- Decay: Neighboring teeth can experience decay because of wisdom teeth.
- Sinus Issues: Some teeth can cause sinus pain, congestion and pressure when they erupt.
- Impaction: When teeth become impacted, they do not erupt properly and may push surrounding teeth out of position.
- Crowding: When there isn’t enough space in the mouth for all teeth to emerge, they can shift and undo previous orthodontic work.
- Cysts/Tumors: Untreated wisdom teeth may cause cysts or tumors to develop, leading to more serious problems later.
What To Expect
Length of Procedure
A typical tooth extraction takes about 30 to 60 minutes, although you should plan on being in our office for one-and-a-half to two hours to account for consultation, the actual procedure and in-office recovery time. Please notify your doctor of any and all medications you are taking before the procedure.
We recommend IV sedation for anesthesia because it puts you into a deep sleep during which you will feel no pain. You will awaken without any memory of anything that happened during the procedure. Our registered nurses are on staff to ensure your safety before, during and after the procedure. If you have any questions about IV sedation, please visit our IV sedation page or call us at (402) 934-8999.
Before Your Appointment
Don’t eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to your appointment, including avoiding mints and gum.
Make arrangements to have someone accompany you to our office in case of emergency and to drive you home after the procedure.
If you wear contacts, wear glasses on the day of your procedure.
Wear a short-sleeved shirt to your appointment.
If you have already filled out registration paperwork, please arrive five to 10 minutes early. If not, please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
At Our Office
Patients under age 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign the consent form.
If your dentist already has taken X-rays, you can forward them to our office or bring them the day of your visit. If additional X-rays are necessary, they can be taken here.
Before your bone augmentation procedure, one of our dental assistants will review your medical history with you. Your oral surgeon also will visit you to go over any concerns you may have. If you have any questions about medications, please call us before your procedure so we can consult with your physician.
Avoiding Dry Sockets
- Do not touch the wound for any reason other than changing gauze.
- Do not smoke for at least 72 hours after the procedure. We recommend quitting smoking entirely.
- Don’t eat any foods that may leave behind particles — such as popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, etc. — for at least four days.
- Eat only soft foods such as mashed potatoes, ice cream and pudding.
- Avoid carbonated soft drinks.
- Notify your doctor of any prescriptions you take before the procedure.
- Avoid using a straw or sucking on hard candies for one week after the procedure.
- Do not participate in sports or engage in heavy lifting for five days.
- Do not jog or play musical wind instruments for at least four days.
We're Here To Help
Whether you have questions about a tooth extraction or any other procedure, we're here to help.
Give us a call at 402.934.8999 or chat us through our live chat where our specialists are happy to help you.
Did You Know?
Putting ice packs on your face the first 36-48 hours after a tooth extraction is crucial and will help reduce swelling after your procedure.